Valdosta Daily Times

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April 23, 2010

Brooks County inmate found dead

QUITMAN — A Brooks County Jail inmate was pronounced dead at Brooks County Hospital earlier this month.

The cause of death was ruled self-inflicted asphyxiation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Macon. Shirley Jean Davis, 39, of Valdosta, was found by jail staff during a routine check.

At 4:15 p.m. Monday, April 12, Brooks County deputies responded to a call of an intoxicated female along Troupeville Road.

Deputies found a woman walking unsteadily down Troupeville Road.

Davis was arrested on a county citation for pedestrian under the Influence and a bench warrant for failure to appear.

She was transported to the Brooks County jail, reports stated.

Davis was placed in a holding cell and was under routine checks every 30 minutes due to her intoxication, Brooks County Sheriff Mike Dewey said. 

At 11:25 p.m., jail staff found the inmate on the floor, a sheet around the bench in her cell and her neck, the sheriff said.

Davis was pronounced dead at the Brooks County Hospital at 12:11 a.m., Tuesday, April 13, according to official reports. The GBI investigated the death.

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