Woman found dead in cell at Gregg County Jail

Amy Lynn Cowling. Photo Source: Gregg County Jail.
Amy Lynn Cowling. Photo Source: Gregg County Jail.

LONGVIEW, TX - Gregg County Sheriff's office along with the Texas Rangers are investigating the death of a woman who was incarcerated at the Gregg County Jail.

Staff members found Amy Lynn Cowling, 33, of Gilmer unresponsive in a separation cell at the North facility just before midnight, Tuesday. Cowling was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center and was deceased on arrival.

Captain Mike Claxton said, "Late Tuesday night Jailers discovered Cowling, and a team from the medical staff responded and immediately administered CPR to her".

Longview Fire Department paramedics were called to the facility at 12:22 a.m. and picked up Cowling. They arrived at the hospital trauma room by 12:39 a.m.

Cowling had been in custody since December 24.

Sheriff's procedure is that custodial death investigations are worked by the Texas Rangers with assistance from the Sheriff Investigators.

Judge BH Jameson ordered an autopsy examination to be performed on Cowling at the Southeast Texas Forensic Center in Tyler.

The results of that procedure will likely be learned in the coming days.

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Released by the Law office of Tefteller, Newsome & Tefteller:

The Gilmer, Texas based law firm of Tefteller, Newsom & Tefteller has been hired by the family of Amy Lynn Cowling, 33, who died while in custody at the Gregg County Sheriff's Department early Wednesday morning on December 29, 2010.  The cause of her death is still under investigation by the Texas Rangers and local authorities.

Ms. Cowling was a single mother of three children and the daughter of Randy and Vicki Bankhead of Gilmer, Texas.  Over a period of several days, Ms. Cowling's family and friends had repeatedly contacted the sheriff's office to inform them about Ms. Cowling's medical situation and that it was imperative that she be administered her physician prescribed medications, yet the family's requests were dismissed each time.

"We are extremely saddened by the loss of Amy and the grief that her parents and her three children are going through," said Jarom Tefteller.  "We look forward to working with the Rangers and, rest assured, we will get to the bottom of this and find out what really happened to her."