Judge sets date for inquest into death of Central Texas jail inmate

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GATESVILLE, Texas (KWTX) A Coryell County justice of the peace has set a date to conduct a formal inquest into the in-custody death of an inmate that has been ruled a homicide.

Justice of the Peace Coy Latham said Thursday he has set Dec.19 as the inquest date and said the hearing would be held in open court.

Latham said the date could change if some evidence he is waiting on is not delivered by then.

Latham confirmed Wednesday the Oct. 8 death of Kelli Leanne Page, 46, had been ruled a homicide but no criminal charges have been filed.

Texas law says a victim’s death can be ruled a homicide when it happens as the result of another’s actions, but does not necessarily involve criminal activity.

State law allows investigating entities in such cases to withhold information about the death pending an inquest, which Latham said would be held in open court.

Page died Oct. 8 after being restrained inside her cell.

Jailers attempted to revive her with CPR and other life-saving efforts but to no avail.

Assistant Dallas County District Attorney Ashley Fourt investigated the incident at the request of the local district attorney, who recused himself from the investigation.

Part of the purpose for the inquest is to determine if any criminal charges can, or should be, filed.

A Wednesday morning call to the Coryell County Sheriff seeking additional information has not yet been returned.

At the time of the death Chief Deputy Mark Wilcox said Page had been assigned to the administrative segregation section of the facility and had no contact with general population inmates.