Fort Worth

Mansfield jail inmate died of drug abuse, medical examiner rules

Methamphetamine intoxication was the cause of an Emory man’s death in April in the Mansfield jail, the Tarrant County medical examiner has ruled.

Wendale Wesley Webb, 45, collapsed in a holding cell on April 6. He had been arrested the day before by Fort Worth police on suspicion of possession of marijuana.

Despite CPR attempts by jail employees and later emergency crews, Webb was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy report, released to the Star-Telegram Wednesday, indicates Webb had multiple medical problems and a history of drug abuse. He had methamphetamine and amphetamine in his blood, according to a toxicology report.

Webb’s manner of death was an accident, the medical examiner ruled. — Deanna Boyd