Don Bankston

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office does not know why a district court judge was in a hotel so near his home when he died — and deputies aren’t inquiring at this time, a spokesperson said Monday.

Jessica Reyes, a communications director for the sheriff’s department, said Don Bankston’s family asked the sheriff’s office to conduct a “welfare check” on the Associate District Court judge last Wednesday.

“On March 24, Sheriff Fagan personally conducted a welfare check at the request of Mrs. (Sue) Bankston,” Reyes told The Herald.

Bankston’s body was found by deputy’s in the Fairview Inn & Suites on U.S. 59 in unincorporated Richmond around 8 p.m.

Bankston was alone in the motel room at the time, the sheriff’s office reported Friday.

Because no foul play is suspected, deputies did not inquire as to why a judge was found dead in a hotel, Reyes said Monday.

She said investigators are awaiting the results of a toxicology report to determine Bankston’s cause of death.

“Because no foul play is suspected, we are awaiting autopsy results to determine if further investigation is needed,” she said.

Reyes also could not tell The Herald why deputies searched for Bankston at the motel.

Bankston lived nearby in Richmond.

He has served as an associate district court judge for the past two years.

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