The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

September 20, 2013

County officials release name, cause of death of inmate

Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — Anderson County law enforcement officials have released the name and preliminary autopsy results of an inmate who died after being found unresponsive in his cell on Thursday.

The inmate has been identified as Tommy Glenn Jones, a 64-year-old black male who had been in custody after being arrested Tuesday for criminal trespass by Anderson County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

“The preliminary autopsy report revealed the cause of death as ‘natural causes due to heart-related issues,’” Sheriff Greg Taylor told the Herald-Press Friday. “We are still awaiting complete autopsy results in order to conclude the investigation.”

According to Taylor, jailers found Jones lying face down in his cell and unresponsive at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

“They attempted CPR and took him to Palestine Regional Medical Center for treatment,” the sheriff said. “He was pronounced dead there at the hospital.

“We do not suspect any foul play. He was an older man in a single cell.”

The sheriff reported that many criminal trespass calls had been received about Jones, who “had some mental issues” and had been roaming Anderson County and the city of Palestine for a long time.

“It was just a bad situation,” the sheriff said.

As per protocol, Texas Rangers are currently investigating the inmate’s death.


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