Inmate's death questioned by ministers

March 24, 2009 5:33:29 PM PDT
Houston Ministers Against Crime want details about the death of an inmate five days after his transfer from the Harris County jail.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Freddie Bell died March 18 at Memorial Hermann Hospital, five days after receiving a clean bill of health at the county jail and his transfer to Lyncher state jail.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says Bell was vomiting when he got off the transfer bus but their medical personnel did not find anything wrong with him. Bell later complained of stomach problems and was eventually taken to the hospital where doctors say he died of gastrointestinal bleeding.

The Houston Ministers Against Crime say Bell had bruises on his body and they want to know what happened to him while he was in the custody of Harris County.

Pastor James Nash with Houston Ministers Against Crime said, "We want to see what happened between them leaving the Harris County jail where he got a clean bill of health and then going to the state jail. From the state jail he goes to the hospital."

The sheriff's office told Eyewitness News that Bell never reported any medical problems in their jail and their office of inspector general is looking into Bell's death.

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