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UPDATE: Sheriff’s Office Shares Additional Information About In-Custody Death at Northern Branch Jail

Santa Maria, Calif. – The Sheriff’s Office is sharing additional information regarding the in-custody death on March 29, 2023, at the Northern Branch Jail. Notification to the decedent’s next-of-kin has been completed and he is identified as 57-year-old David Lee Ligon from Santa Maria. He was booked on May 27, 2023, by the Sheriff’s Office for possession of narcotics for sale (felony), transportation of a controlled substance (felony), possession of narcotics (misdemeanor), and possession of paraphernalia (misdemeanor). He was being held on $30,000 bail.

An initial investigation indicates this is a probable overdose related death, however final cause and manner of death are pending.

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