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Vegas police probe jail detainee death after ‘altercation’

August 1, 2019

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities in Las Vegas are investigating the death last month of a jail detainee several days after police say he had been in a physical altercation with another inmate.

The Clark County coroner says 25-year-old James Neske died at a hospital July 15.

Police say he was injured July 10 at the Clark County Detention Center.

Neske’s cause of death is listed as pending, and the coroner didn’t list a hometown.

Las Vegas police Officer Larry Hadfield said Thursday the 26-year-old man accused of fighting with Neske remains in jail pending results of the investigation.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Neske was awaiting trial after his arrest last August on armed robbery and battery charges.

The newspaper says court records filed following his death said Neske had unspecified medical “complications.”

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