Inmate Roscoe Ben Shirley took his own life in a county jail facility, a pathologist hired by his family has reported.
The conclusion by Dr. Barry Silverman of Los Angeles settles the concern that his family had about the circumstances surrounding Shirley's death on Nov. 8 at the James A. Musick Honor Farm in El Toro, said Dick Herman, lawyer for Shirley's family and a well-known expert on conditions in the Orange County jail system.
Herman said that Dr. Silverman found "no defensive cuts, bruising, or signs of a struggle." That means Shirley took his own life, Herman said.
On the day Shirley was found dead in a jail shower stall, the Sheriff's Department reported that there was "no evidence of foul play." Deputies also told relatives that they had found evidence of suicide, but declined to elaborate.