VALDOSTA -- A local woman died Tuesday night while in Sheriff's custody at the Lowndes County Jail.

Sandra Wallace, 39, was found dead in her cell in the jail's medical unit at 9:30 p.m. Capt. J.D. Yeager said Wallace had a pre-existing medical condition and was being checked on every 30 minutes. She showed no signs of distress when deputies checked on her at 9 p.m.

Wallace had been in jail since Sunday on a misdemeanor simple battery charge, stemming from an incident with medical personnel at South Georgia Medical Center, Yeager said. She was arraigned on Tuesday, and bond was set at $1,000.

Wallace had been held in the jail's medical wing since her arrest by Valdosta police.

Because the death was unattended, the body will be sent to the state crime lab in Moultrie for an autopsy, though officials expect the procedure to be routine.

Wallace is the second inmate to die in the Lowndes County Jail in the last six months. Richard William Oakley, 27, hanged himself in a holding cell on April 9.



To contact reporter Bill Roberts, please call 244-3400, ext. 245.



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