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Case closed in Gregg County jail death

LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV) - After a second autopsy report, the death of an east Texas jail inmate remains undetermined. 33-year-old Amy Lynn Cowling died back in December, a short time after she was found unresponsive in her cell at the Gregg county jail. Initial findings said Cowlings died from a seizure because of methadone and xanax withdrawals. Today, justice of the piece B.H. Jameson officially closed the case, listing the manner of death as undetermined. Although the second opinion supports the original autopsy, it doesn't conclusively give any answers to what caused Cowlings death.

"The court has made a ruling that the death was due to probably a seizure from withdrawal from methadone and Xanex, the manner of death was ruled undetermined," says Jameson.

In other words, the death has not been ruled natural , accidental or even homicide. Jailers removed Cowlings from her cell in December after reported seizures, the family argues she wasn't given required medication.

"I believe whoever is responsible for her death should be brought to justice and I believe that it is suspicious, she would not be dead if she was given her prescribed medication," says Cowlings aunt, Lisa Doolan.

One jailer was fired for falsifying Cowlings records. Jameson initiated a second opinion from a Tarrant county pathologist with a similar result.

"We're unable to determine exactly the manner of death," Jameson says.

No physical evidence was sent to the second medical examiner , but the second opinion report points out that a high level of atropine, a powerful anesthetic that can be fatal at high doses, was in Cowlings system.

"Our goal is to make sure no other family has to go through this," says Doolan.

"This court here is closing this case at this time unless new evidence comes about where we will have to reopen it," Jameson says.

The Tarrant county medical examiner in his report stated the case should be researched. Cowling's family says they are working with the assistance of the Texas jail project and Texas Rangers to keep the case open. Officials have said there was no evidence of foul play in the case.

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