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Madison County Jail Inmate Dies while in Custody

By news@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. – The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a Madison County Jail inmate.

According to Sheriff David Woolfork, Melvin L. Merriweather, 55, was found lying in his cell unresponsive on January 1. The nursing staff at the jail and Emergency Medical Services were called and he was treated for low blood sugar.

Officials stated that the next day, Merriweather was seen by the jail physicial and was medically cleared. Then, shortly before 5:00 p.m., Merriweather was again found unresponsive by jail personnel.

A news release stated that jail staff performed CPR and Merriweather was transported by EMS to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to the Sheriff Woolfork, the preliminary autopsy report on Melvin L. Merriweather revealed that Mr. Merriweather appeared to have died from a remote heart attack (evidence of a heart attack in the past). There were no signs of trauma.

Law enforcement arrested Melvin Merriweather was arrested on December 28, 2012 on a charge of contempt of court.
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