State medical examiners ruled the January death of a Muskogee County inmate as an accident in a report released Tuesday.

Marvin Allen Rowell, 42, of Muskogee died Jan. 31 of multiple blunt impact injuries. Medical examiners determined his manner of death an accident, according to a report by the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Law enforcers booked Rowell at about 4:40 a.m. Jan. 30 into the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility on a complaint of public intoxication, according to a previous story.

Muskogee County Sheriff Charles Pearson said in a previous story that a jail employee was walking down the hall from the booking area with Rowell when Rowell fell and hit his head on the concrete floor.

“Head injuries can fool you,” Pearson said. “They happen so quickly.”

Rowell’s body was taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. His toxicology report showed alcohol, diazepam, and nordiazepam in his blood.

“Emergency medical personal transported him to the hospital where medical records show he tested positive for ethanol, benzodiazepines, and THC,” the autopsy report states.

Medical examiners reviewed video footage from the jail that showed Rowell walking with two guards through a hallway, according to the report.

“(Rowell) turns a corner and appears to trip, bump into the wall, and fall to the floor, striking the back of his head on the ground,” the report states.

According to the report, medical examiners determined Rowell’s fatal injuries “were consistent with fall sustained in the jail.”

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