More transparency for deaths on law enforcement's watch

The Victoria County Jail.

A Victoria County inmate, housed in the jail’s infirmary, died after being found unresponsive in his cell Oct.18, according to a news release from the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office.

Clinton Harrington, 32, was being housed in a two-person cell utilized for inmates with medical conditions. When staff found that Harrington had no vital signs, jail staff and UTMB nurses attempted to revive him and called the Victoria Fire Department for an ambulance.

Harrington was transported to DeTar Hospital Navarro by the Victoria Fire Department EMS. He was pronounced dead shortly after 8:30 p.m.

According to records from the Office of the Attorney General, Harrington was arrested Sept. 9 on two charges of possession of a controlled substances and possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces.

Records show that Harrington was periodically housed in the medical unit of the county jail because of several medical issues that he had, including methadone treatment, two back surgeries, scoliosis, PTSD and anxiety.

Oct. 18, Harrington was reportedly constantly moving and twitching parts of his body in his cell before becoming unresponsive.

Justice of the Peace John Miller ordered an autopsy be performed by the Travis County Medical Examiners Office, according to county records. While the cause of death has not been determined, the preliminary report said he died naturally, records from the Office of the Attorney General showed.

The sheriff’s office requested the Texas Ranger Service conduct an independent investigation into the death. Ranger John Lingle began his investigation on the night of the incident.

The sheriff’s office issued the news release Friday evening.

Kali Venable is a public safety reporter for the Victoria Advocate. She can be reached at 361-580-6558 or at kvenable@vicad.com.

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"I am a Houston native and 5th generation Texan, with a degree in journalism and minor in creative writing from the University of Texas at Austin. I care deeply about public interests and the community I serve.”

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