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Harris County Jail death: Mother of Evan Griffin Lee, man who died in HCSO custody in March 2022, begs for answers

Harris County, Texas (KTRK) – Texas Rangers have completed an investigation into the death of Evan Griffin Lee, who died in custody at the Harris County Jail last March.

After all this time, his family said they still don’t know how he died, and no one has been held accountable.

“What if all the bodies were lying in front of the Harris County Jail?” Jacquette Griffin asked. “Are they going to do something?”

For nearly 500 days, Griffin has been working to answer what she thought would be a simple question: How did her son die?

“Since that day, my eyes have not slept enough,” she said. “I am unable to rest.”

According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Evan Griffin Lee has been arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Investigators said that while in prison, he was involved in a fight and was then taken to the hospital.

Four days later, on March 22, 2022, it was announced that Lee had died.

The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide.

After more than a year, the Texas Rangers completed an investigation last week, and a spokesperson said the findings have been turned over to the attorney general’s office.

“Will we ever know what happened to him? Will we ever be able to lie back and find out exactly what happened to our loved ones? And as a mother, to my child, this is upsetting, and it hurts. It’s very painful to have to deal with it,” Griffin said.

Eyewitness News has reached out to several county agencies, but offices are closed Mondays due to the county holiday.

Thirteen investigators have covered this story since March 2022, and multiple requests for autopsy information have also been denied.

27 people died in the Harris County Jail last year, and six more have died so far in 2023.

“They don’t deserve it. And in 2023, six deaths,” Griffin said. “I don’t know their reason, but I do know that they didn’t see a judge, and the judge didn’t sentence them to death, and they don’t deserve the death penalty.”

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