Ten jail workers charged in his death have been shown in court hearing video of prisoners' final hours
MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI A disturbing video of a jail inmate's last hours of life, during which he suffered 18 seizures, was played during statewide hearing for five jail workers accused in his death.
The 39-year-old convulsed in a video taken by Paul Bulthouse's Muskegon County Jail cell that showed him convections for about 15 minutes. Bulthouse never regained consciousness between the seizures, which were the cause of his death, according to a forensic pathologist.
Three Muskegon County Sheriff deputies, a sergeant, and slain nurse are being investigated for involuntary manslaughter, including failure to perform if Bulthouse's legal duty is violated. On September 24, a second day of preliminary examination was held to determine whether there was enough evidence to send the defendants to trial.
Bulthouse, of Spring Lake, died in April 2019 while being held in an observation cell on a parole violation. Bulthouse had been considered a suicide risk and jail policy that witness Undersheriff Ken Sanford read in court is that individuals who are regarded as espionage must be checked every 15 minutes.
Bulthouse, a forensic pathologist and the chief medical examiner in Wayne and Monroe counties, testified that if anyone had intervened during the 4 1/2 hours he was experiencing seizures, they would not have died.
As the medical examiner who conducted his autopsy concluded, Schmidt stated he would have categorized Bulthouse's death as homicide rather than as natural causes.
Schmidt stated that there were a lot of seizures, adding, "There were many seizures." If he had been treated, i would be alive today.
Schmidt stated that his death event had identified his cause of death as status epilepticus, which can be one long seizure or several seizures.
Asap Five jail workers accused in inmate's death appear in court to see if the charges will persist.
The five defendants and their five attorneys crowded into the courtroom of Muskegon County District Judge Geoffrey Nolan for the continued of the preliminary exam that began Wednesday, September 22.
At the time of Bulthouse's death, the Michigan Attorney General'S Office is examining the case against deputies Jeffrey Patterson, Crystal Greve, and Jamal Lane; Sgt. David Vanderlaan; and registered nurse Aubrey Schotts, who worked for WellPath, a jail''d-office'.
They face up to 15 years in prison if they are found guilty.
Bulthouse had 18 seizures over 4 12 hours starting around 1 a.m. the day he died, according to Reuters video played in court. Bulthouse lying naked on his back in his cell as he convulsed, and Schmidt testified that if a pair of seizures were uncontrolled, the video showed him lying outside on st in the back of his ear.
The first five seizures were a half hour apart, but the other 13 were separated by 15 or fewer minutes.
His third seizure, around 1:29 a.m., occurred in he was held in another, holding cell, where i appeared to be slumped over from sat position. Bulthouse's smuggling video of a custodian mopping the floor in thoming craze, and Assistant Attorney General Melissa Palepu said they were cleaning up urine.
Schotts had checked on Bulthouse at 1:30 a.m., around the time of the third seizure, and in her progress notes stated he had been lying on his stomach and his vital signs were stable, according to David Lopez, whose contract medical services supervisor at the jail, on Wednesday.
Schmidt noted that someone spotted a light in his eyes and examined Bulthouse in the holding cell and was aware that something was going on.
The seizures of Bulthouse had resumed 40 minutes later, according to the video. His final seizure occurred at 5:30 a.m. and appeared to be one of the most violent. It was abruptly shut.
Schmidt said, "He had a last seizure, and his respiration becomes lent -- at first periodic and then stops," "heared him."
Greve, one of the deputies charged, informed medical staff they should check on Bulthouse since she didn't think he was breathing, according to Lopez. It was determined he didn't have a pulse, his skin was cold, and that rigor mortis had set in at that point, remarked him.
One of Sanford's many jail policies in court stated that jail staff should take life-saving measures on prisoners and not wait for medical personnel, according to Sanwell.
Bulthouse was in one of several observation cells in the middle of a booking station, where deputies have computer monitors, at least one from which Sanford said can be used to view surveillance video of the cells.
The booking station was also able to see video from Bulthouse's cell beside the camera of the station. While Bulthouse was having seizures, the video shows a number of people walking around the area and sitting at the booking station feet away from his cell.
According to a press release released by Sheriff Michael Poulin following Bulthouse's death, he was in 'a cell that was meant to give staff the ability to continue monitoring' in an email.
Schmidt said he couldn't figure out a reason for Bulthouse's seizures, according to defense attorneys, stating there are several reasons. He also resisted their claims that they were due to the withdrawal of alcohol or the benzodiazepine.
On March 22, 2019, Bulthouse was imprisoned on a probation violation. Schmidt stated that by the time he died on April 4, 2019, if a drink had remained, el would have been out of control, at the day.
According to Lopez, monitoring indicated Bulthouse had minimal or no withdrawal symptoms by March 27, 2019, a week before his death, according to Bloomberg.
Bulthouse was also diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder and anxiety, although he had no history of seizures, adamantly.
When asked why Klonopin, a type of benzodiazepine used to treat seizures and anxiety disorders, was not included in Bulthouse's toxicology report, Schmidt said it disappears from draught.
Bulthouse was given Klonopin, according to Chip Chamberlain, Schotts' attorney, after receiving a prescription.
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