Autopsy Report Expected In April

MAYVILLE – An autopsy report on the Jamestown man who died while in police custody may not be released until April.

David Foley, Chautauqua County district attorney, said Monday a toxicology report on Charles A. Baker Jr. could take up to eight weeks to analyze, delaying the release of the autopsy results.

“It’s going to take some time,” Foley said, noting no cause of death will be announced until all tests are concluded. “The toxicology result takes longer than everything else.”

Baker, 30, was detained by city police Feb. 16 following a traffic stop in the city. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Cindy S. Frank, 40, of Jamestown, was charged with giving police a false name.

Police found several baggies of cocaine on Baker and in the patrol car where he attempted to destroy evidence.

After becoming combative at police headquarters, Baker was shot once with a 50,000 volt electronic control device and later placed in a jail restraint chair.

Baker later went into seizure shortly after being placed in a holding cell for observation. He was taken to WCA Hospital where staff said he had another seizure and later died.

According to the state Department of Corrections, Baker had been jailed three times since 2003 for criminal sale of a controlled substance. He was charged in last week’s incident with felony tampering of physical evidence and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Foley said he has been investigating the incident, and noted he has viewed surveillance video taken from the City Jail.

“I saw the video a few days afterward,” Foley said. “Once everything comes back from the medical examiner, I expect to release a report on what happened.”

A request by The Post-Journal under the Freedom of Information Law to obtain the surveillance video was denied by the city of Jamestown. James Olson, city clerk and records access officer, said the denial was due to the ongoing investigation.