Sheriff's office investigates death at San Juan County Adult Detention Center

Steve Garrison The Daily Times
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — The San Juan County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death last week of a 34-year-old inmate at San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

Sheriff's detective Lt. Kyle Lincoln said Jesus Marquez was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center at 12:57 p.m. on March 3 after complaining of health problems.

Marquez was under medical supervision at the jail for ongoing health issues, Lincoln said.

Marquez lapsed into unconsciousness en route to the hospital and died there several hours later, Lincoln said. Lincoln said detectives are awaiting the results of an autopsy and toxicology report.

According to court records, Marquez was at the jail awaiting trial on felony assault charges filed in Aztec Magistrate Court in July.

According to a police report, deputies were dispatched June 8 to a Circle S gas station in San Juan County after Marquez's mother called 911 to report that her son had smashed her car's window.

Marquez's girlfriend was in the vehicle and told deputies it was not the first time Marquez had been abusive toward her, the report states.

The girlfriend told deputies that on June 3 Marquez had held her down and threatened her with a knife, causing superficial wounds to her neck.

He had also kicked her knee at a party on June 7, causing bruising and swelling, according to the report.

Marquez's public defender in the case, Brad Kerwin, had filed a motion on Feb. 25 requesting that Marquez be released from the detention center.

The motion states that Marquez was indigent and unable to pay his $50,000 cash-only bond, but does not mention any health problems.

Kerwin, reached on Monday, declined to comment.

According to an obituary, Marquez is preceded in death by a brother, Mitchell Marquez. He is survived by his father, Francisco Marquez; mother, Olga Salazar; brothers, Aurelio Marquez and Francisco Marquez; and cousin, Jason Marquez.

A memorial service is scheduled for today at 11 a.m. at Calvary Chapel, 6925 E. Main St. in Farmington.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and stgarrison@daily-times.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGarrisonDT on Twitter.