0

GBI: No foul play in inmate death

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said there is no evidence of foul play in the recent death of a Clayton County Jail inmate.

Debra Owens, 56, was transported to Southern Regional Medical Center on Nov. 17, according to Sgt. Sonja Sanchez, a spokesperson for the Clayton County Sheriff's Office.

"She was transported to the hospital as a result of a cardiac arrest," Sanchez said. Owens was pronounced dead at the hospital the same day, Sanchez said.

GBI Spokesman John Bankhead said the official cause of death is still being determined. "It's pending, but talking to the pathologist, there's no indication of foul play," he said. "From all indications, at this point, it appears to be from natural causes.

"He's [the pathologist] waiting for toxicology [test results], and then he's going to look at some slides from some of the specimens he took, and that might take a month," Bankhead added.

Sanchez said Owens was due to be released from the jail on Nov. 18. She was in the jail due to three charges of violation of probation, according to Sanchez.

Sanchez did not have information regarding the original charge against Owens.

-- Linda Looney-Bond