Bryan/College Station Man On Life Support After Night In Jail

Barbara Schwarz
May 22, 2019 - 8:20 am
Old priston with it's bars locked up

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DALLAS (KRLD) - There are a lot of questions as to how a Bryan/College Station man ended up on life support after one night in jail.

30-year-old Chester Jackson was arrested in front of his Somerville home for public intoxication on April 19th. 

His attorney U. A. Lewis says the Burleson County Sheriff's Office believed Jackson was having a mental "episode" and transported him to an Austin psychiatric facility the next day. She says that same day, he was rushed to an Austin hospital in cardiac distress.  Lewis says Jackson had puncture wounds and had to be resuscitated at least once. 

"With the puncture wounds, it looks to us like they may be taser wounds.  We don't have any information from the sheriff's office so we can't say with certainty whether it is or is not.

She says there are no records of the arrest, the charge or the time he supposedly should have served.   "It seems as though they believe that he pled guilty to public intoxication and was given a sentence of time served and was released.  But there is no document to support that."

She adds the ordeal has been frustrating.  "I want to see accountability and I want answers."

As to the original charge, "the public intoxication, this is Texas and that's a ticket.  They should have said go back in to your house.  And they're not giving information.  Not even a mug shot."

Although he remains on life support, she says the father of three is improving.

In an email, Burleson County Sheriff Thomas Norsworthy says, "the Burleson County Sheriff’s Office denies the accusations being made against it, in regards to the Chester Jackson matter. Since this matter is pending investigation, we have no further comment at this time."