Lawyer: O.C. Inmate Died From Blows To His Head

SANTA ANA, Calif. An inmate who died April 1 after a jailhouse struggle with Orange County sheriff’s deputies was killed by traumatic blows to his head, an attorney for the man’s father said in remarks reported Wednesday. 

Sheriff’s officials had previously said that deputies used a stun gun on Jason Jesus Gomez, 35, at the Intake Release Center in Santa Ana, but gave no indication that Gomez sustained head wounds.

Gomez’s family hired a pathologist to conduct an autopsy that determined he died from blunt force trauma, attorney Stephen Bernard told the Los Angeles Times.

“Let me tell you what they did to him: They punched his lights out,” Bernard, who is representing Gomez’s father, told The Times. “They beat him to death.”

Sheriff’s spokesman John McDonald referred questions to the district attorney’s office, which is investigating Gomez’s death, The Times reported. 

Gomez was also bruised on his arms and hands, Bernard told The Times.


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