Feb 19, 2013 12:13 PM by Curt Prendergast

Cause of inmate's death still unknown

The Pima County Medical Examiner's Office has yet to conclude why a local man who was hospitalized while in custody of the Santa Cruz County jail died Wednesday at a Tucson hospital.

Cory Vindiola, 24, was in the custody of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office when on Jan. 31, he was sent to St. Mary's Hospital in Tucson, where he stayed until his death on Feb. 12, according to the medical examiner's preliminary autopsy report.

Vindiola was booked into the Tony Estrada Law Enforcement Center on Jan. 24 on charges of "contempt of court and failure to pay fine."

Documents for his release were issued on Feb. 3, according to information provided by the jail.

At the time of his arrest, Vindiola, son of Maggie Vindiola, owner of the Kasa Mia Restaurant on Arroyo Boulevard in Nogales, was in pre-trial procedings in Santa Cruz County Superior Court, having pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault charges filed on Feb. 21, 2012.

Read the full story on the Nogales International.


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