Texas Code of Criminal Procedure

Art. Art. 11.38
When a Prisoner Dies

When a prisoner confined in jail, or who is in legal custody, shall die, the officer having charge of him shall forthwith report the same to a justice of the peace of the county, who shall hold an inquest to ascertain the cause of his death. All the proceedings had in such cases shall be reduced to writing, certified and returned as in other cases of inquest; a certified copy of which shall be sufficient proof of the death of the prisoner at the hearing of a motion under habeas corpus.
Acts 1965, 59th Leg., vol. 2, p. 317, ch. 722.

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