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In Caddo County

Strangulation Ruled in Death

By W. ORLANDO PIERCE Chronicle News Services

ANADARKO--An autopsy report says an Oklahoma inmate who was restrained by jail staff in a neck hold died of strangulation.

The state medical examiner said in the report last week that Darius Robinson, 41, died in April from asphyxiation caused by manual compression of the neck while he was being held at the Caddo County jail.

The report says Robinson became violent and agitated, and jailers used pepper spray and placed him in a neck hold to subdue him. Robinson became unresponsive while handcuffed on the floor.

The report doesn’t say how the medical examiner knows what happened.

An Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation report issued in April says Robinson stopped breathing when jailers restrained him. They resuscitated him, but he died at a hospital.

The family’s attorneys issued a statement after the medical examiner’s report was released.

“We are in receipt of the autopsy report produced by

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