Update: Name released in Gregg County Jail death

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POSTED: Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 2:21pm

UPDATED: Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 6:30pm

watch the full press conference above.

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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

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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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Aaron is my son.Had I been aware of Amy's death I wouldn't have let him go to the GC Jail to SUFFER AND DIE WHILE ON THIER ADMITTED WATCH(?).Regardless of any convictions he may have SERVED TIME for,ourCONSTITUTION clearly states that a SUSPECT is to be considered and treated as INNOCENT until proven GUILTY.Just because he was arrested 23 times you assume he was guilty each time.NOT SO!He is dead and he DIED THERE! THAT IS A FACT!DO YOU HAVE ANY FACTS? ADDICTION is a DISEASE NOT A CHOICE!

I'd like to know how these people afford to get addicted when it's all I can do to eat and pay taxes? Is there some other America out there that I don't know about because I spend all my time working. An America where you can lay on your dumb side taking drugs while the rest of us stupid slobs slave at our jobs. I have no pity for the addict. I hate a government that profits from addiction. There is no America that I understand which allows an unproductive human being to exist off my sweat.

Why doesn't the jail staff face 'criminally negligent homicide" charges? Anyone else would have!

I think the real message is that drug abuse today is an epidemic. It plagues individuals from every style of living. It does not discriminate. As long as one persone hears the story of Aaron Garner dying in a jail cell because of his addiction to heroin. Whether or not the jail staff should have performed a more routine "check" on someone in Garner's life threatening state, remains to be known. At 7:01 he was fine. Twenty nine minutes late, he was dead. Twenty nine minutes, REALLY?

hen I was in the jail in 2009, I was lucky enough to be facing a case out of Mt Vernon. My family got in touch with Sheriff Paul Fletcher & former Sheriff Chuck White, who got Judge Newsom to 'bench warrant' me back to Franklin County, thus (I believe) saving my life & sanity. I was addicted to Oxycontin & methamphetamine . I went thru DAYS of hell in withdrawals. I'd informed GCSO staff of my addiction issues & the "nurse" offered me Maalox & Tylenol. That jail & staff are.awful.

Why does it matter that this young man was arrested 23 times. yes he has a long history of drug use but does that mean he doesnt deserve anyone to listen to him that he doesnt feel good. it isnt always manipulation. it is a real cry for help. he told his mom he wasnt feeling right...dont you think he told officials also. because he is an addict he doesnt deserve to be listened to and taken seriously. guess what? he didnt feel well....no one believed him and now he is gone. food 4 thought

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