Sheriff Pickell Addresses Inmate's Sudden Death 4-20-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Sheriff Pickell Addresses Inmate's Sudden Death 4-20-2011

TV5 has new information coming out of a press conference about a Genesee County Jail inmate found near death in his cell.
Jesse Goode, 30, was found suffering from cardiac arrest by a fellow prisoner over the weekend. Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell held a news conference Wednesday morning to address Goode’s death.
Pickell said an autopsy was done on Goode. "There’s no trauma, no drugs in his stomach, no capsules," said Pickell. Now authorities are waiting on the results of a toxicology report.
Genesee County Undersheriff Jim Gage said Goode was then taken to Hurley Medical Center on Saturday afternoon, where he was pronounced dead.
Gage told TV5 Goode had been in jail since Nov. 18 after being brought in on a probation violation for drunken driving, third offense, and resisting an officer.
On Feb. 20, Goode was sentenced to serve six months, with credit for time served.
Gage said Goode was on a waiting list to be transferred to a drug and alcohol treatment center and was taking prescription medication.
Pickell said during the press conference that while in jail, Goode had been treated for mental illness and had visited with a psychiatrist. "He specifically requested Ativan and Xanax," said Pickell. "His medication was increased, they were to reevaluate him in six weeks."
Pickell said the investigation into Goode's death is still ongoing.
The sheriff's department has come under fire from the Goode family and the community, with speculation surrounding some sort of cover-up.
The Goode family and their attorney want the Michigan State Police to investigate the incident.
Pickell insisted during the news conference that no wrongdoing occurred on his watch.
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