Two Travis County inmates found dead in cells

Travis County
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Two Travis County Jail inmates were found dead in their cells Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office reports.

The first man, 50-year-old Donald Coor, was unresponsive when staff approached him at 5:40 a.m. for mealtime. Corrections officers and medical staff began CPR and  Austin Travis County EMS was called to the jail and continued efforts save Coor. He was pronounced dead at 6:30 a.m.

The Travis County Sheriff’s Office says Coor likely died of natural causes; the final cause of death is pending toxicology reports, which can take several weeks. 

Around 5 p.m., guards found 24-year-old Eric Taylor unresponsive in his cell and began CPR, and EMS was called to the jail. Medics arrived and continued CPR, but Taylor was pronounced dead at 5:54 p.m.

The Sheriff’s Office reports the initial investigation into Taylor’s death indicates he likely died of natural causes, however, the final cause of death is pending toxicology reports and other tests.

Deputies say the deaths are unrelated.

Coor was arrested on Dec. 7 on charges of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury and violation of bond/protective order.

Taylor was arrested in July 18 on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and assault causing bodily injury. 

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