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Jury: No wrongdoing in inmate death

By Sheryl Marsh
DAILY Staff Writer 340-2437

A Morgan County grand jury found no wrongdoing in the death of an inmate at the Decatur City Jail, but did make recommendations on how to monitor troubled inmates.

William Craig Hood, 50, became ill while confined at the jail March 19. Authorities found him unconscious in his cell, according to court records. An ambulance transported him to Decatur General Hospital and placed him in intensive care.

His family asked that hospital staff take him off a life-support system, and he died March 25, records show.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation probed Hood's death.

"This death resulted from natural causes and we find no evidence of wrongdoing that contributed to it," the grand jury report stated. "However, we recommend that any inmate on suicide watch or medical alert be watched and recorded continuously by video.

"Additionally, an inmate under watch for medical reasons should have his or her vital signs checked regularly."

Jailed days before death

A municipal judge revoked Hood's bond on misdemeanor charges and ordered him to jail March 16 after he showed up for court drunk, according to reports.

During his stay in jail he became ill because of alcoholism and asked for a nurse, and an officer placed him on medical watch after discovering an injury on one of his hands, according to court records.

An autopsy report revealed that Hood died of chronic alcoholism.

Prior to his death he lived at 422 Memorial Drive N.W.

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