Latest: Report says nothing amiss in suite where Scalia died
DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at the Cibolo Creek Ranch in West Texas (all times local):
A sheriff’s incident report shows nothing appeared out of place around the bed where Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead in his West Texas resort suite.
The Presidio County Sheriff’s Department report obtained by The Washington Post late Tuesday shows that three pillows were stacked to elevate Scalia’s head. A top pillow appeared to have toppled onto his eyes and forehead but didn’t appear positioned to impede his breathing.
His arms were at his side atop the bed covers, which were pulled up to his chin. A breathing apparatus was on the nightstand, but it wasn’t hooked up to Scalia. The bed covers were smooth and creased and showed no sign of a struggle.
His suitcase was open and contained neatly folded clothing. On the kitchen counter rested a blue stretch exercise band.
A letter from the Supreme Court’s doctor says Antonin Scalia suffered from coronary artery disease, obesity and diabetes, among other ailments that probably contributed to the justice’s sudden death.
Presidio County District Attorney Rod Ponton cited the letter Tuesday, when he told The Associated Press there was nothing suspicious about the Feb. 13 death of the 79-year-old jurist. He said the long list of health problems made an autopsy unnecessary.
Ponton had a copy of a letter from Rear Adm. Brian P. Monahan, the attending physician for members of Congress and the Supreme Court.
The letter was to county Judge Cinderela Guevara, who conducted a death inquiry by phone and certified Scalia’s death. Scalia’s body was returned the next day to Virginia.