A Press release issued by the Midland County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that 47 year old Jose Luis Lopez was found dead in his shower cell.
The Sheriff's Office News Release states: On Friday, September 7, 2007 at approximately 11:42a.m. a Jailer with the Midland County Sheriffs Office was in the separation cell area of the Midland Central Detention Center at 115 West Industrial doing a cell check and was unable to see Jose Luis Lopez, 47 years of age in his cell. The jailer entered the cell and found Lopez hanging from the shower controls by a piece of blanket. Lopez was cut down and the jail nurse was called as well as 911. EMS personel from the Midland Fire Department arrived on the scene and could not locate any vital signs. Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4, George Zimmerman was called to the scene and pronounced Lopez dead at 12:25p.m. Lopez will be transported to Lubbock County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy. Texas Rangers and Investigators from the Midland County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division are conducting the investigation into the apparent suicide. Next of kin have been notified by the Lubbock Police Department.