Bland, a 28-year-old African American woman, died in the Waller County Jail on July 13, three days after her arrest.
“Hey this is me,” Bland says in the message, according to KTRK. “I’m, um, I just was able to see the judge. I don’t really know. They got me set at a $5,000 bond. I’m still just at a loss for words honestly, about this whole process, how switching lanes with no signal turned into all of this, I don’t even know. But I’m still here, so, I guess call me back when you can.”
Waller County Judge Trey Duhon told ABC News that Bland also placed calls to a sibling and a bondsman on the same day she left the voicemail for her friend.
Her sister, Sharon Cooper, confirmed this afternoon that they have been told that Bland had a court hearing between her arrest and the morning of July 13 when she was found hanging dead in her cell.
Bland’s death has been classified as a suicide by hanging, but those who knew her have questioned that determination, and authorities are now investigating.
A telephone message left with a Waller County Sheriff’s Office spokesman was not immediately returned Thursday, nor were e-mails to Duhon and the Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis.
You can listen to the voicemail here.