US Marijuana Party

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

County inmate dies in hospital

Biloxi Sun Herald, USA

GULFPORT - A man placed on life support this weekend after an alleged beating at the Harrison County jail died Monday night, sheriff's department officials said.

Harrison County Sheriff George H. Payne Jr. confirmed the man's name is Jessie Lee Williams, 40, of Gulfport.

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said Williams was declared brain dead earlier in the day and the family made the decision to take him off of life support. An autopsy will be performed today to determine cause of death.

Williams was hospitalized Saturday night after he was placed in restraints at the jail and was "reportedly unresponsive" later, according to Delores Lewis, state Department of Public Safety spokeswoman.

An anonymous caller told the Sun Herald that Williams was placed in a restraining chair at the jail and was beaten after he was restrained.


Post a Comment

<< Home