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Inmate found dead in Orleans Parish jail

6 years 9 months 1 week ago Thursday, February 23 2017 Feb 23, 2017 February 23, 2017 11:14 AM February 23, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
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NEW ORLEANS - An autopsy is scheduled Friday on the body of a 23-year-old inmate who died in the New Orleans jail.

The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office says in a statement that inmate Colby Crawford's cellmate found him unresponsive at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The statement said medical and security staff "quickly responded" with emergency treatment until EMS arrived. Crawford was pronounced dead at 8:15 p.m.

He was the fourth inmate to die in custody of OSPO since September 2015, when inmates were moved from the old Orleans Parish Prison facility to the new, $145 million Orleans Justice Center.

The OPSO says there were no physical signs of trauma or self-inflicted injury on Crawford. He had been jailed since May on multiple charges, including domestic abuse with a dangerous weapon and probation violation.

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