Report on inmate's death due


— Routt County District Attorney Paul McLimans' review of an investigation regarding a man who hanged himself in the Routt County Jail at this point does not warrant criminal charges to be filed.

However, McLimans has not made the determination official because the autopsy report on Jared Wayne Maynard is not yet complete.

McLimans said he has been sifting through an inch-and-a-half-thick stack of documents investigators have put together regarding the death of the 20-year-old Houston, Texas, man.

Maynard was found hanging inside a jail cell at the Sheriff's Office the evening of Oct. 29. He died two days later at Denver Health Medical Center.

"I'm looking to see if there is any evidence that anyone actively participated in the death of Mr. Maynard in any way," McLimans said. "I'm looking to see if there is any criminal liability on anybody's part.

"I have not arrived at any definite conclusion, but I can tell you at this point that there is nothing to indicate this was anything but a self-inflicted death."

McLimans has been reviewing the investigation conducted by Steamboat Springs Detective Robert DelValle and two investigators from the Routt County Sheriff's Office.

McLimans will make a final determination on the case once he receives an autopsy report from a Jefferson County doctor.

DelValle and McLimans met this past Friday to review the investigation.

"All we are waiting for is the final report from the medical examiner who did the autopsy," DelValle said. "Normally, this takes six to seven weeks, so we are expecting that this report should be coming pretty soon."

The autopsy was performed by Dr. Ben Galloway, he said.

McLimans said he is interested to review the report because the autopsy will determine an exact cause of Maynard's death, he said.

"The report is certainly another piece of the puzzle," McLimans said.

DelValle expects for the report to be available by the end of the week.

"After McLimans gets the report, I suspect we will come to a final conclusion," he said.

DelValle has been investigating the hanging since Oct. 30.

After the incident, Routt County Sheriff John Warner asked for Routt, Grand, Moffat and Jackson counties to provide a pool of investigators to handle the investigation.

Warner said he did this because he wanted an independent investigation conducted into the matter.

To compile a report that was handed over to McLimans about a month ago, DelValle and the investigators conducted extensive interviews of staff and inmates present when the incident occurred. Medical reports were also included in the investigation, DelValle said.

Maynard had just started serving an 18-month jail sentence when he hanged himself.

The sentence stemmed from an incident in August when Maynard stole a city ambulance and assaulted a paramedic.

The crime took place on the Colorado Mountain College campus, where Maynard was enrolled as a student.

In September, Maynard pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft and third-degree assault. He was sentenced by Routt County District Judge Joel S. Thompson to 18 months in jail Oct. 26.


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