32-year-old man dies in St. Louis County jail after less than a day inside

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CLAYTON, Mo. – A 32-year-old man died at the St. Louis County Justice Center after being in custody less than 24 hours.

St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page made the announcement Friday morning during his coronavirus press conference. Page said the man’s death was not COVID-19 related.

A statement from St. Louis County said Dwight Williams was booked around noon Thursday on a parole violation, possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful use of a weapon. Williams was screened for coronavirus before being placed into a new inmate orientation unit.

Officers found Williams unresponsive in his bed around 6:15 a.m. while conducting a mandatory standing count of inmates.

Medical staff responded to the scene within 10 minutes. St. Louis County said that two officers, five nurses, and EMTs performed CPR in the jail. Williams was declared dead after their efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Williams’ mother, Angie Davis, said she got a call early Friday morning informing her of the situation. At the moment, the family is just not sure what to do or where to go for answers. 

Last year, five people died at the jail in Clayton. 

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