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Inmate Death Believed To Be Due To Natural Causes

Smith County Sheriff J.B. Smith says there is nothing unusual surrounding the death of one of his inmates.

Twenty-six year old Jerome Lacy died late Wednesday night. Smith says Lacy was in a medical observation cell after being taken to the ER earlier in the week with chest pains. Smith says when he was found unconscious in his cell, Lacy was immediately taken back to the hospital.

"As any death in any facility in Texas, we immediately called the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.  We called the DA, and we called the Texas Rangers to investigate it. We wanted every 'i' dotted and every 't' crossed. The family deserves that, and part of it's the law. 

Smith says Lacy was recently diagnosed with Hepatitis C by the jail medical staff.

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