DeWitt County inmate found unresponsive, pronounced dead

By Sonya Timpone

The Cuero Record/Yorktown News-View

A DeWitt County jail inmate died today, Oct. 1 during the early morning hours. 

Christopher Lee Beck, 42, of Port Lavaca was taken to Cuero Regional Hospital by EMS after being found unresponsive in his cell during a routine cell check at 11:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 30. 

According to DeWitt County Sheriff Carl Bowen, life-saving measures were given, and 911 was called after finding Beck in his cell. Beck was then transported to Cuero Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 12:24 a.m. today, Oct. 1.

Bowen also says that Beck was the single occupant in his cell and was not with anyone else. 

“Upon notification of the death, I requested an investigation be conducted by the Texas Rangers, which is standard protocol for in custody deaths,” Bowen said. “At this point we have no evidence of any foul play. An autopsy is in progress to determine the cause of death.” 

“I am sad to hear of the death of Mr. Beck and my sympathies go out to his family,” Bowen said. “The DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office will continue to cooperate fully with the investigative efforts of the Texas Rangers.”

According to a release from the Texas Department of Public Safety, “The preliminary autopsy results indicate Beck died as a result of an infection (sepsis) from a previous surgery. The cause of death is: Peritonitis, the Manner of death is: Natural. The Texas Rangers investigation into Beck's death is ongoing.”

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