According to Dinwiddie County Commonwealth Attorney Ann Cabell Baskervill, Irvo Otieno, 28, passed away on March 6 while he was being admitted to Central State Hospital in Petersburg about 25 miles south of Richmond. Otieno came to the United States from Kenya with his family at the age of four, and grew up in the Richmond area.
The suspects Darian Blackwell, 23, Wavie Jones, 34, and Sadarius Williams, 27, will later face a grand jury which will decide whether the case against them should proceed.
With the latest round of arrests, there are now 10 people charged with murder in Otieno’s death, including sheriff’s deputies.
On Thursday, the family watched surveillance footage that was taken inside the mental health facility and showed Otieno’s death. Ben Crump, a human rights lawyer for the family, claimed that seven sheriff’s deputies at the mental health facility tied Otieno and suffocated him to death for 12 minutes. Crump is also the lawyer for the family of Tyre Nichols, whose death resulted in five Memphis police officers being charged with second-degree murder.