Investigations into the death found jail logs had been falsified, but it was unclear ... whether the check sheets were among the falsified documents.Cowling's death was particularly tragic because her incarceration was so pointless: A single mother of three, she was arrested Christmas Eve during a traffic stop where troopers discovered outstanding traffic warrants from 2007 in two neighboring counties. She couldn't pay so remained in jail where she died five days later.
Gregg County officials arrested two former jailers in connection with the alleged falsifications. One was said to have occurred in November, another was in relation to Cowling’s death. A total of four jailers were fired as a result of the death investigations, including the two who were arrested. Another resigned.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Longview jail death likely due to withdrawals from withheld medication
Autopsy results are in regarding the Gregg County jail death discussed on Grits here - a story that's received excellent coverage from the Longview News-Journal. The "autopsy report for 33-year-old Amy Lynn Cowling revealed her cause of death was 'probable' seizure due to methadone and prescription drug withdrawals." Another News-Journal story added this pitiful tidbit: Cowling was "found unresponsive in a jail separation cell ... kneeling in a praying position beside her bed before being removed and declared dead a short time later." Further: