A Parsons man found dead in his jail cell on Feb. 21 hanged himself, according to the autopsy report.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation, which investigated the death of Bruce A. Bingaman, 53, never released its findings publicly. Sheriff Robert Sims deferred to the KBI after he released an initial statement about Bingaman’s death in the jail.
Parsons police arrested Bingaman after they were called to Belmont Towers, 1900 Belmont, late Feb. 2 to investigate a report of blood in the hallways. Blood was found in hallways on the fourth and fifth floors and on an elevator. Officers tracked the blood to a fourth-floor apartment and made inquiries. Bingaman had a knife injury to his abdominal area and was taken by ambulance to Labette Health. He was later arrested.
He was jailed Feb. 11 in the county jail in Oswego on a $100,000 bond for aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, all felonies, and criminal damage, a misdemeanor.
According to the autopsy report, filed by First Call Morgue in Kansas City, Bingaman was last seen alive in his single-man cell at 1 p.m. Feb. 21.
A jail staff member discovered him at 4:51 p.m. that day with a towel and laundry bag tied around his neck. Bingaman was pronounced dead at 5:19 p.m.
Chlordiazepoxide and nordiazepam, a metabolite of diazepam (both prescription-based anxiety medications), were found in his blood as well as an inactive metabolite of tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana. Inactive THC metabolites can be found in the blood up to 14 days after ingestion and THC metabolites can be found in the body for up to 84 days, according to medical and forensic sources.
The autopsy report concluded that Bingaman died as a consequence of neck compression by a ligature commonly associated with hanging.