SEABROOK – The death of a Pearland man in the Seabrook jail has been
ruled a suicide, but the attorney for the man's family says only the
release of a video of his jail cell will determine how he died.
The Harris County Institute of Forensic
Sciences has determined that suicide was the cause of death for Richard
Aycock, 26, who was found Saturday hanging by a bedsheet tied to a bunk
bed in his cell.
Randall Kallinen, an attorney hired by Aycock's
family to investigate his death, said the determination of the cause of
death was based on questionable information supplied by Seabrook
police. "They take the information from whomever tells them, and they
take it as gospel," Kallinen said.
Kallinen said only a video he believes exists of
Aycock in his jail cell will settle the issue. "We're not saying it's
murder, we're not saying it's suicide," he said. "We're saying we don't
know until we get the video."
Kallinen on Tuesday served police with an order to retain evidence but has not formally requested a copy of any videos.
Aycock was arrested Friday for towing a trailer with a
license plate stolen from a Seabrook police officer. Police found an
AR-15 rifle in his pickup. Because Aycock had previously been convicted
of burglary in Waller County, he was charged with being a felon in
possession of a firearm.
The family has raised questions about Aycock's
treatment by police, including a possible visit to his cell by a police
sergeant whose stolen plates were allegedly on the trailer Aycock was