Keith Files, OC Jail Inmate, Died of Methadone Overdose, Says DA
In the letter, the DA's office indicated it had interviewed jail staff, family members and friends of Files, and had determined that Files had smuggled a lethal amount of methadone into the jail, a claim that was first reported by the Weekly in Feb. 2011. Investigators who spoke with jail staff and other witnesses at the facility say Files did not appear to be under the influence of any drugs when he was booked at the jail, and that he appeared to be "jovial" several hours before being found lifeless in his cell. The DA concluded that it could find no evidence of any wrongdoing by jail staff.
Brooke Files, Keith's sister, who also spoke with DA investigators, said today that she was unaware that the report was on the DA's website. She expressed hope that Keith's death might somehow lead jail officials to watch inmates more closely. "I'm surprised it took so long," she said, after learning of the DA's findings. "There's nothing else I can say. I loved my brother very much."