OK County jail inmate, 59, found dead in cell

Mike Seals - January 6, 2021 11:22 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A 59-year-old male inmate was found dead in his cell late Tuesday at the Oklahoma County Detention Center, jail officials said.

The inmate was alone in his cell and was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said in a press release. The inmate’s name was not released while jail officials work to contact his next of kin.

His cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner, and officials say the detention center’s investigation unit is launching an inquiry into his death.

The death follows the killing of an inmate in his cell on Saturday.

Oversight of the jail was transferred in 2019 from the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office to a nine-member jail trust.

 

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