Update: Name released in Gregg County Jail death
POSTED: Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 1:21pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 5:30pm
GREGG COUNTY — watch the full press conference above.
On Tuesday, June 7, 2011 Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano announced that an investigation had been initiated into the death of a jail inmate, Micah Aaron Garner, a 30-year-old male from Longview.
Sheriff Cerliano advised that the inmate was housed in a Medical Cell at the Gregg County North Jail, was in his bunk, and would not respond to staff at 7:30 p.m. on Monday evening June 6, 2011. Garner was previously checked by jail staff at 7:01 p.m. The inmate was immediately examined by staff as well as medical staff on duty and Longview Fire EMS responded. Garner was determined to be deceased and Justice of the Peace #1, B.H. Jameson, arrived to conduct an inquest. Judge Jameson ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office.
Garner had been in custody at Gregg County Jail since his arrest by deputies at 5:12 p.m. on June 3, 2011. Garner was charged with Unauthorized use of a Vehicle, Forgery of a Financial Instrument, Driving While License Suspended/Invalid and Failure to Appear. The inmate provided information that he had an addiction to methadone and heroin and on June 5th was placed on thirty minute medical watch. Garner was checked by medical staff and vital signs were with normal limits on June 5th as well as June 6th. Garner has been booked into Gregg County jail 23 times since 2000 and has admitted to a long history of addiction.
Texas Ranger Brent Davis and Jason Dudley along with Gregg County Sheriff's Investigators are conducting the investigation. The completed investigation will be forwarded to the Gregg Couny District Attornye's Office for review. The Texas Commission on Jail Standards was notified and reports will be filed with TCJS as well as the Office of the Attorney General.
Sheriff Cerliano advised all documents, reports, logs, electronic recordings and protocol are under review by Investigators.
Sheriff Cerliano stipulated that the investigation is ongoing and the autopsy report is pending. The verbal preliminary autopsy findings indicate no trauma and no signs of foul play.
The public and news media will be informed as information becomes available and is released by Sheriff Cerliano, Texas Rangers and the Gregg County District Attorney's Office.
From: Gregg County Sheriff
Gregg County officials confirmed Tuesday afternoon the county has had its second jail death in less than six months.
During a special-called press conference, Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano said 30-year-old Micah Aaron Garner of Longview was pronounced dead Monday evening at the Gregg County Jail. Inmate Amy Lynn Cowling died in December.
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