PORTSMOUTH (AP) A Virginia prosecutor says she has asked the Virginia State Police for additional investigative work into the death of a mentally ill inmate at a Portsmouth jail last year.
Portsmouth Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Morales’ office said it received a preliminary report Tuesday from the VSP, which is conducting a criminal investigation into Jamycheal Mitchell’s death.
Morales’ office said she asked for additional work to be done by state investigators. She said a decision about whether to bring charges will be made once all findings are turned over.
Mitchell was arrested in April 2015 for stealing $5 worth of junk food from a 7-Eleven.
Mitchell’s family filed a $60 million lawsuit accusing jail officials of physically abusing Mitchell and withholding food. The jail has pushed back fiercely against those claims.