Over a month after NFL player Stanley Wilson Jr. died in LA County’s Twin Towers Correctional Facility on February 1, his family is launching an investigation into the manner of his death.
The former cornerback was arrested in November 2022 and detained in a mental health facility as he was deemed unable to stand trial. When he suddenly passed away on January 31st and was found the following day, the coroner’s office was unable to provide his family with proper information regarding the NFL player’s death.
Initially, the Wilson family was told he collapsed in his cell, but the county later said he “fell out of his chair” and died as medical providers asked him intake questions, according to the family’s attorney John C. Carpenter.
In his autopsy, Wilson was found to have bruises and bumps on his body, including wounds to his forehead that would signify blunt-force trauma. His parents requested his records from the Metropolitan State Hospital after his death, but administrators told them he was never admitted.
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Additionally, the parents never received the autopsy report from either the county coroner or from a private investigator that was hired. Due to the suspicious manner of his death, the family is filing a lawsuit to investigate his cause of death.
Lawyer speaks out against the death of Stanley Wilson Jr.
“We don’t know who was with him at the time when he died, and we don’t know what attempts were made to save his life. But, a healthy 40-year-old man should not have passed like that,” Carpenter told NBC News. “We don’t know which one is the truth, and that’s why we filed the claim, so we can get to the bottom and find out the truth of the matter of what happened to Stanley Wilson Jr.”
Carpenter included that Wilson had ligature marks on Wilson’s wrists that indicated he was restrained at the time of his death. That being said, the lawyer explained it was reasonable to assume the whole story of the athlete’s death is not being told by Los Angeles County.
“Everything that was admitted to his body was controlled by the county,” the attorney shared. “Every piece of food, every piece of medicine, everything that is bought — everything. They were in complete total control. And the very least the county can do is tell the grieving parents what happened to their son — the truth.”
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