Man arrested for alleged drug possession dies after 4 hours in Westland jail, officials say

Family demands answers after William Marshall's death

WESTLAND, Mich. – On Dec. 10, William Marshall was arrested by Westland police and taken to jail. Four hours later, he was dead.

Marshall's family is demanding answers after they said he repeatedly asked to be taken to the hospital.

Michigan State Police are working on the case, as Westland police insist they did right by Marshall.

Marshall's fiance said he was a family man, but Westland Police Chief Jeff Jedrusik had a different impression.

"He was arrested for driving on a suspended license, possession of marijuana and cocaine and he was in custody for only a few hours," Jedrusik said.

What might have happened to Marshall inside the Westland Police Department that morning prompted Karri Mitchell, the attorney the family hired to investigate Marshall's death, to hold a morning news conference.

"He died because he was refused medical attention," Mitchell said. "What's so egregious about this situation is that EMS was called, and EMS was refused to take the prisoner to the hospital."

Mitchell claims it took a second call to EMS for help to arrive, but he said Marshall died in his jail cell.

Jedrusik told a much different story.

"While in custody, he started to complain he was having some medical issues," Jedrusik said. "We had the Westland Fire Department come to the station. Eventually, he was transported to the hospital. Unfortunately, he passed away at the hospital."

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