Kessee family

Michael Washington (right) the uncle of a man who died recently in the Cleveland County jail, tells members of the press he believes his nephew Marconia Kessee should have received mental health treatment rather than being arrested. To the left of Washington is Patridia Thompson, grandmother of the deceased.

The Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the death of Marconia Kessee an accident.

Kessee, 35, died Jan. 16 just two hours after being booked into the Cleveland County jail. He had been arrested on trespassing charges at Norman Regional Hospital.

On the night of his death, hospital security told Norman police Kessee came to the ER complaining of a headache. He was examined and discharged, according to the hospital, but did not leave the facility, so hospital security called police.

NPD Police Chief Keith Humphrey said he was concerned about comments made by two Norman police officers, Daniel Brown and Kyle Canaan, after NPD released body cam footage of the two dragging Kessee away from the hospital and placing him in custody.

Since the release of the footage, members of the Norman community have pushed for community oversight of the police department. Brown and Canaan were placed on administrative leave as NPD conducted an internal investigation and have since returned to active duty.

At the jail, Kessee was seen by medical staff and placed in observation.

About two hours after entering the jail, the nurse on duty — along with Cleveland County detention officers — found Kessee unresponsive.

The ME found no physical trauma or “anatomic cause of death.” Rather Kessee’s probable cause of death was from “acute bupropion, methamphetamine and atomoxetine toxicity,” according to the medical examiner’s summary findings.

Bupropion is an antidepressant. Like Adderall (amphetamine and dextroamphetamine), atomoxetine is used to treat ADHD. Methamphetamine is a stimulant.

A full autopsy report has not been released.

“While the medical examiner’s report was released today, OSBI is still working to conclude their review of the awful circumstances surrounding Mr. Kessee’s death,” Gibson said in a prepared statement Friday. “We are reserving further comment until OSBI’s report is released.”

Family members said Kessee was homeless and had a history of mental illness.

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