Medical examiner investigating death of inmate
Ralph B. Davis
PRESTONSBURG — The body of a man found dead in his cell at the Floyd County Detention Center last week has been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office, in Frankfort, for an autopsy.
Joey L. Griffith, 42, of David, was found unresponsive in his cell during the early-morning hours of Jan. 28, according to Jailer Roger Webb. He added that emergency services were contacted, and police, emergency medical technicians and the Floyd County Coroner’s Office “came immediately.”
According to records in Floyd District Court, Griffith had been incarcerated since Jan. 19, after originally being arrested for driving on a suspended license. He continued to be held due to a probation violation, after being convicted in May of giving an officer a false name and various traffic offenses.
The probation violation was Griffith’s second since his original conviction, with the first dating back to September.
Webb did not offer any specifics concerning Griffith’s death, saying he did not want to comment while the matter is still under investigation. He did note, however, that he knew Griffith, saying he had once worked at the jail.
“I lost a dear, close friend,” Webb said.
Webb did confirm that Griffith had required hospitalization, days before his death. He said Griffith was treated Jan. 23 at Highlands Regional Medical Center and returned to the jail.
Coroner Greg Nelson said there have been no findings yet on a cause of death. He said autopsy results typically take 4-to-6 weeks, based on how busy the state lab is.
While noting that Griffith suffered from diabetes, Nelson said he had not seen anything that would indicate a cause of death, and authorities would wait for a final word from Frankfort before making any determination.
“Everything’s pretty well going to be based on what the findings are in that autopsy,” Nelson said.
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