MCKINNEY, Texas – The Collin County medical examiner is ruling Marvin Scott III’s death as a homicide.
Dr. William Rohr released his findings that show Marvin Scott’s cause of death was “fatal acute stress response in an individual with previously diagnosed schizophrenia during restraint struggle with law enforcement.”
The medical examiner’s office is still awaiting laboratory results before completing the final autopsy report.
In a press conference Wednesday, attorney Lee Merritt said he and Scott's family watched five hours of video of the moments leading up to his death. The family said they will not rest until those involved have been brought to justice.
“What we seen today was horrific, inhumane, very disheartening, and we want these individuals arrested immediately,” LaSandra Scott, Marvin Scott's mom, said.
Merritt said Scott didn’t get the help he needed although he was suffering from a mental health episode.
“The Collin County jail facility was aware, had records, had access to him, were able to see clearly Marvin Scott was in mental health distress. There were clear, open signs that even the untrained eye could have observed that Marvin Scott needed help.”
Scott died while in-custody at the Collin County jail on March 14, charged with possessing less than two ounces of marijuana.
Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner fired seven detention officers after the incident and one resigned.
Six of the seven detention officers appealed their termination and one has been reinstated. None of the detention officers have been identified.