LONGVIEW (KYTX) - An autopsy conducted on a Gregg County jail inmate who died August 19, 2013 concludes that 52-year-old Debra Ingram Duffie died of heart disease.
The autopsy performed by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office cited the cause of death as hypertensive and ischemic heart disease.
Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano released the findings Tuesday. The autopsy was ordered by Justice of the Peace B.H. Jameson, and the Texas Rangers and the Gregg County District Attorney's Office continue the ongoing investigation.
Duffie had been in custody at the Gregg County Jail since her arrest on August 12, 2013. The inmate was charged with Violation of Probation, Assault Family Violence and has been booked into the Gregg County jail 8 times for various charges. On August 14, 2013, Duffie appeared in the Gregg County Court at Law #1 and was sentenced to 100 days confinement in the county jail.
Sheriff Cerliano advised that the inmate was housed in a separation cell at the Gregg County North Jail, and was being treated for a medical condition by jail medical staff. Duffie had previously been sent from the jail to Good Shepherd Medical Center on August 15, 2013 for treatment of a medical condition and was released to return to the jail on the same day.
On Sunday August 18, 2013, the jail medical staff consisting of a Licensed Vocational Nurse continued the inmate's treatment and alerted the jail doctor of the inmate's symptoms. The jail doctor ordered that Duffie be sent to Good Shepherd Medical Center for additional treatment. Longview Fire EMS responded and the inmate was again transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center. During the transport, Duffie had what is believed to be a significant cardiac event. Duffie was admitted to the hospital for treatment.
Duffie was treated at the hospital for over 12 hours and died at 5:12 am. Justice of the Peace #1, B.H. Jameson conducted an inquest. Judge Jameson ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office.
Texas Ranger Todd Martin along with Gregg County Sheriff's Investigators is conducting the investigation. The completed investigation will be forwarded to the Gregg County District Attorney's Office for review. The Texas Commission on Jail Standards was notified and reports will be filed with TCJS as well as the Office of the Attorney General.
Sheriff Cerliano advised that all documents, reports, logs, and electronic recordings are under review by Investigators.
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