Waller County Sheriff Says Sandra Bland Said She Tried to Commit Suicide Before

An undated handout photo provided by the Waller County Sheriff's Office shows Sandra Bland, who died on July 13, 2015 in a Waller County jail cell in Hempstead, Texas. (PHOTO CREDIT: Waller County Sheriff's Office/AP Photo)
An undated handout photo provided by the Waller County Sheriff’s Office shows Sandra Bland, who died on July 13, 2015 in a Waller County jail cell in Hempstead, Texas. (PHOTO CREDIT: Waller County Sheriff’s Office/AP Photo)

The woman who was found dead in a Texas jail days after being arrested following a traffic stop told guards that she previously tried to kill herself, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Waller County Sheriff told ABC News that Sandra Bland told jailers that she had tried to commit suicide at some point. It is unclear when she allegedly said this.

Bland was arrested on July 10 and was found hanging in her cell three days later, with the plastic cell trash bin liner around her neck, officials previously said.

Cannon Lambert, the attorney hired to represent Bland’s relatives, was asked Wednesday by a reporter about a newspaper report citing the claim of the previous attempt.

“I know what the newspaper article said,” Lambert said. “Until I see the reports, I won’t be in a position where I can respond to that question.”

Lambert would also not confirm any of Bland’s medical history, including the assertion that she was heard making on the police dash cam video that she has epilepsy or in videos she posted before her arrest where she said that she had suffered from depression and post traumatic stress disorder.

“I can take issue with the notion that she was suffering from depression,” Lambert said at a press conference today.

“She was never clinically diagnosed as this family understands,” he added, noting that they knew of “no medication” that she was taking.

“With regard to her medical history, none of that has anything to do with why that stop took place,” Lambert said.

Waller County Judge Trey Duhon told ABC news that Bland had a court appearance on Saturday July 11 and her bond was set at $5,000.

He also confirmed that she made phone calls from jail, though the number of calls has not yet been confirmed.

Bland’s relatives said they were “infuriated” after the release of the dash cam footage of the stop.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Meghan Keneally

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