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Texas Rangers investigate in-custody death at Hays County Jail

Staff Report

HAYS COUNTY — A medical emergency was called for an inmate incarcerated at the Hays County Jail on Aug. 16 at approximately 4:58 p.m.

James Warren Knight (photo courtesy of Hays County Jail records)

The inmate, identified as James Warren
Knight, 41, from Dripping Springs, was seen by jail medical staff and was then transported to a local area hospital. Hospital staff began treatment on Knight but
despite their efforts, Knight was pronounced dead on August 17th at 5:59 am.

The preliminary investigation does not indicate any foul play; however, the autopsy results are pending, according to a news release.

Knight was in custody for multiple charges out of Hays County to include Resisting Arrest/Search or Transport – Class A misdemeanor, Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon –
Class A misdemeanor, Criminal Mischief – Class B misdemeanor, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon – 2nd degree Felony, Violation of Protective Order – Class A misdemeanor, Tampering with ID Number – Class A misdemeanor and a charge out of
Austin Police Department for Possession of Child Pornography – 3rd degree Felony.

The incident is being investigated by the Texas Rangers and any further questions will need to be directed to the Department of Public Safety.

About Author

Megan Navarro (formerly Wehring) graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. In June 2020, she started a summer internship at the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch through the Dow Jones News Fund and Texas Press Association. She then earned her way to a reporter position later that summer and now, she serves as the editor of the newspaper. Working for a small publication, Navarro wears multiple hats. She has various responsibilities including managing a team of reporters, making editorial decisions, overseeing social media posts, fact checking, writing her own articles and more. Navarro has a heart for storytelling and she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are important to the community.

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