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Man who died in Bexar County Jail after not qualifying for PR bond identified by BCSO

Inmate did not qualify for PR bond due to governor’s order

Robert Cantu, 43, was found dead at the Bexar County Jail on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Officials believe Cantu, who was an inmate, suffered a medical episode related to a pre-existing condition.
Robert Cantu, 43, was found dead at the Bexar County Jail on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Officials believe Cantu, who was an inmate, suffered a medical episode related to a pre-existing condition. (KSAT)

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The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office has identified an inmate who died at the Bexar County Jail on Monday, the first of two inmates to die within 12 hours.

Robert Cantu, 43, was found unresponsive by deputies around 10 a.m. who were conducting face-to-face observation checks. BCSO said it appears the man suffered a medical episode related to a pre-existing condition.

Cantu was booked in jail on Sept. 20 on a criminal trespass charge, according to BCSO. His bond was set at $500, but he did not qualify for a personal recognizance bond.

Late Monday, BCSO confirmed a second inmate death at the jail. George Holland, 89, who was charged with murder after his wife was found dead, was found unresponsive shortly after 7 p.m.

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A 43-year-old inmate at the Bexar County Jail was found dead on Monday morning, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies discovered the inmate unresponsive around 10 a.m. while conducting face-to-face observation checks.

Officials believe the man suffered a medical episode related to a pre-existing condition. He was pronounced dead by paramedics at 10:39 a.m., according to a news release.

The man, who has not yet been identified, was booked into the Bexar County Jail on Sunday on a criminal trespassing charge. His bond was set at $500.

The man did not qualify for a personal recognizance bond due to a violent criminal history, including convictions for assault and domestic violence, according to the sheriff’s office.

On March 29, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order that suspends bail laws and bans judges from issuing personal recognizance bonds for people charged with or previously convicted of violent crimes.

The man will be publicly identified after his family has been notified of his death, according to the sheriff’s office.

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