Muskogee inmate booked on public intoxication dies

Ponca City Now - February 3, 2016 11:46 am

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) – An inmate at the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility has died less than a half hour after being booked.

Forty-two-year-old Marvin Allen Rowell was brought into the jail at 4:40 a.m. Saturday on a public intoxication complaint.

Sheriff Charles Pearson says the inmate was in custody for about 16 minutes and appeared to be intoxicated. He says a jail employee was walking down the hall from the booking area with Rowell when the inmate fell and hit his head on the concrete floor.

His body was taken to the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Pearson says video footage of the fall doesn’t show anything unusual, but that the medical examiner will review it.


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