- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BEND, Ore. (AP) - A central Oregon district attorney says he has asked the Oregon Department of Justice for an independent review of the investigation into a Deschutes County jail inmate’s death last December.

The state medical examiner concluded that 31-year-old Edwin Burl Mays died of a methamphetamine overdose.

The county sheriff’s office, assisted by Bend police, began investigating immediately after the Dec. 14 death.

In a statement, Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said Tuesday he feels “it is best for all involved” if an outside agency such as the Department of Justice conducts a comprehensive review.

Described as a transient, Mays was a passenger in a car that reportedly tried to flee police. He was arrested for investigation of interfering with a police officer, menacing, giving false information, heroin possession and a parole violation. He was being booked into jail when he showed signs of medical distress.

A state Justice Department spokeswoman told KTVZ-TV (https://is.gd/dyDDu5) the agency is reviewing the request.

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Information from: KTVZ-TV, https://www.ktvz.com/

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