At a press conference Thursday, Sheriff Laurie Smith said that the investigation into the death of 31-year-old Michael James Tyree, who was found murdered in his jail cell last week, concluded that jail deputies Jereh Lubrin, Matthew Farris and Rafael Rodriguez, were responsible for the crime.
Michael Tyree, 31, was found naked and covered in feces and vomit in his cell at the Santa Clara County Main Jail on August 26. He was pronounced dead on the scene after several unsuccessful attempts to resuscitate him. The medical examiner ruled Tyree’s death a homicide with the cause of death being internal bleeding due to blunt force trauma.
The medical examiner concluded that Tyree died due to internal bleeding because of multiple blunt force injuries including lacerations, contusions and abrasions as well as internal lacerations of his liver and spleen. Tyree’s fatal injuries were inflicted by another, the examiner said.