2nd jailer arrested after death of Gregg Co. inmate
Brian West. Photo Source: Gregg County Jail.
Gregg County inmate that died, Amy Cowling.
GREGG COUNTY (KLTV) - A second East Texas jailer has been booked into the Gregg County Jail, connected to the death of an inmate.
Brian West, 30, of White Oak was arrested and charged with tampering with government documents. He has been released on $1,000 bond. We're told West was arrested for falsifying a Gregg County Jail observation log. Authorities became aware of the fabrication while investigating the death of Amy Cowling. Sheriff Cerliano said West tampered another inmate's log, and not Cowling's.
On New Year's Eve morning, Tomeka Cross, 34, was arrested on charges of tampering with government documents concerning Cowling's observation log.
Cowling was pronounced dead last Wednesday after she was found unresponsive in a Gregg County Jail cell.
Family members told us that Cowling was arrested Christmas Eve after she was pulled over for speeding and authorities discovered an outstanding theft charge.
They said Cowling suffered from a medical condition.
Gregg County Sheriff's officials say their investigation into Cowling's death showed that Cross and some additional jail employees were in violation of jail guidelines.
Sheriff's officials say those employees, identified as Corporal Kashena Davis, jailer Jaqueline Smiddy, jailer Gary Lewis.
A fifth jailer, Darrell McClendon resigned.
The family of Amy Cowling says they are looking into legal action against the jail.
Their attorney released a statement Monday night, in it he said, "This supports what Amy's family has been telling us all along. People are quick to judge and accept what officials say as the truth. We now know that the victim was telling the truth. It's just sad."
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