Inmate Dies in Jail
On December 6, 2011 at approximately 6:30 a.m., Cesar Cardenas, 33 years of age, was found deceased in his cell at the Lee County Jail. Cardenas had been in jail, pending court, since November 17, 2011. A jailer doing routine cell checks was informed by other inmates that Cardenas did not wake up for breakfast. The jailer went into the cell and attempted to wake Cardenas, and found him deceased. The Texas Rangers were called to investigate the In Custody Death. Judge Troy Bise held the inquest and ordered an autopsy. The Preliminary Report Findings in the death of Cardenas is pending and the investigation continues.