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Harris County Sheriff's Office
Wednesday November 15th, 2023 :: 04:22 p.m. CST


A Man and a Woman In Jail Custody Died at Hospital

HOUSTON — Two people have died this week while awaiting trial in Harris County Jail custody. 


A man died Monday, Nov. 13, after suffering a medical emergency in a local hospital. He was hospitalized for a preexisting medical condition.  


Robert Shelton, 60, was transported by the Houston Fire Department EMS to a local hospital on Oct. 29, 2023, because of a medical emergency. On Nov. 13, at 3:59 p.m., he was pronounced deceased at the medical facility. Shelton had no apparent physical injuries. He had been in jail since July 19.   


A woman died Wednesday, Nov.15, at 12:03 p.m. after being transported to a local hospital due to a medical emergency on Tuesday. Rachelle Mitchell, 42, had been in jail since April 24, 2023. She had no apparent physical injuries. 


The deaths are being investigated by the Texas Rangers in accordance with state law that requires all jail deaths to be investigated by an outside law enforcement agency.  


The Sheriff's Office Internal Affairs Division is also investigating the deaths to determine whether all applicable policies and procedures were followed, which is standard following the death of a person in jail. The inmates cause of death will be determined by an autopsy conducted by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.  


In addition, the deaths have been reported to the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. 

Harris County Sheriff's Office
1200 Baker St
Houston, TX 77002

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Non-emergencies: 713-221-6000

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