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By Charlie Smith
News Editor – GW Commonwealth
Friday, February 5, 2010 2:32 PM CST
The Leflore County Jail is awaiting autopsy results for an inmate who died Thursday in his cell.
Eddie Moore, 43, 214 E. Percy St., did not respond when called to eat at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sheriff Ricky Banks said.
The jail issued a medical alert and tried unsuccessfully to revive Moore. MedStat also responded and finally the coroner.
The body has been sent to Mississippi Mortuary Services in Jackson for an autopsy, which Banks said is required for all inmates who die in jail.
Moore had been arrested 15 about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and charged with public drunkenness, public profanity and disturbing a family. Banks said Moore had been arrested five times in the past year and a half on similar charges.
“From what we know about him, he has a history of seizures,” Banks said. “He’s been in and out of here a good bit.”
A nurse checked Moore when he entered jail Wednesday and said he was quite drunk but did not have any other apparent symptoms, according to the sheriff.
Banks said corrections officers said when Moore came in he was typically drunk and would sleep for quite a while.
He had been counted in several bed checks but was not called upon to respond until the chow call, Banks said. Moore was alone in a two-bunk cell, Banks said.
Corrections Corp. of America contracts with Leflore County to run its jail.
CCA also operates the state-owned Delta Correctional Facility at the same location on Baldwin Road.
Banks said it was the first death of a prisoner at the jail since the facility moved from the courthouse in 2004.
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