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Harrison County inmate found dead in jail

By staff
March 18, 2017 at 7:45 a.m.
Updated March 18, 2017 at 7:45 a.m.


Harrison County investigators and Texas Rangers are investigating the death of a female inmate, who was found deceased in the Harrison County jail hours after she was booked.

According to sheriff's officials, the inmate was arrested by Marshall Police Department on Friday at about 4 p.m., for possession of drug paraphernalia and shoplifting at Wal-Mart in Marshall.

"She was arrested and transported by MPD to the Harrison County jail for a shoplifting charge, along with two unrelated warrant charges," officials said. "The suspect was booked in the jail for the charges and placed in a cell. At approximately 7:45 p.m., she used the telephone to contact her husband and then returned to the cell. She was discovered unresponsive in that cell during a jail check at approximately 11:43 p.m."

"Jail staff immediately contacted Marshall EMS and attempted to revive the inmate, but she was unresponsive and EMS could not revive her," officials indicated.

Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Judge Nancy George was notified and the inmate was pronounced deceased at about 1 a.m.

Sheriff's officials said due to the pending investigation by the Texas Rangers and the Harrison County investigators, no identification of the inmate and no other information will be released, at this time.

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