Crime And Law

Newly-obtained records detail events leading up to in-custody death of Raymond Walters

DAYTON — The investigation into the in-custody death of Raymond Walters is nearly complete now that the final autopsy report is finished by the coroner’s office, a spokesperson for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said.

Investigators at the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office said Walters died from methamphetamine intoxication and his death was ruled accidental, a coroner’s office spokesperson confirmed to News Center 7 Monday.

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Walters, 34, died at Miami Valley Hospital Nov. 16 after he was initially observed by medical staff at the jail and later taken to the hospital. Jail staff members took him for medical observation after he was “acting erratically” in his jail cell and staff members suspected he was overdosing.

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The sheriff’s office said it will provide an update, including copies of the records associated with the investigation once it is completed.

Deputies said after Walters’ death both criminal and internal investigations would be launched. The results of those investigations were not immediately known and News Center 7 has reached out to representatives with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office for more details.

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Walters had been held in the jail since his arrest Aug. 26, 2019 after a crime spree where he was accused of stabbing a family member, crashing a truck, stealing a Riverside police cruiser, then crashing that cruiser into another car killing two 6-year-old girls, Penelope Jasko of Dayton and Eleanor McBride of Huber Heights.

The two girls were cousins and were inside a van that the stolen Riverside police cruiser crashed into near the Dayton Metro Library on East Third Street.

Walters had been charged with over 20 charges in the incident, including two counts of murder and he was awaiting trial, court records show.

We’ll continue to update this story as we learn more.

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