By Chris Edwards
JASPER – The recent death of a Tyler County man in a Jasper jail has been ruled “accidental”, according to autopsy results.
Steven Mitchell Qualls, 28, of Woodville, was found unresponsive on the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 30 in a detox cell he was occupying by himself, according to a news release from Jasper Police Department. Qualls had been booked into the Jasper City Jail on a public intoxication charge following his discharge from Christus Jasper Memorial Hospital two days prior. He was arrested when he refused to leave the hospital property.
Jasper County Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Jimmy Miller, who pronounced Qualls deceased at the jail, said on Monday that the manner of the man’s death was “accidental”.
Miller ordered the autopsy, which was conducted by the Jefferson County Medical Examiner/Coroner’s office. He made the results public on Monday.
Toxicology testing was performed by NMS Labs in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. The cause of death, according to the report, was “complications of amphetamine and methamphetamine toxicity.”
Along with the presence of amphetamine in Qualls’s system, the report also cites the presence of mild dehydration and a mild pulmonary edema.
The initial report from Jasper PD noted that Qualls was found in his cell about 36 hours after his arrest. Emergency medical service technicians were called to the jail when he was discovered unresponsive, and they found no vital signs. The autopsy did not give an estimated time of death, but that the condition of the body was one of full rigor mortis, once it arrived in Beaumont.