Man charged in Jessamine inmate death

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by Associated Press/ WHAS11.com

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 26 at 7:47 PM

 NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A Lexington man has been charged with murder in the death of an inmate at the Jessamine County Detention Center.
 
   Kentucky State Police say 55-year-old Michael B. Jones is accused of smuggling a controlled substance into the detention center and providing it to 33-year-old Corey D. McQueary of Stanford.
 
   Police say deputies found McQueary unresponsive on Thursday, and he was taken to Saint Joseph Hospital in Nicholasville, where he was pronounced dead. The cause of death is under investigation.
 
   Jones was also charged with first-degree promoting contraband and second-degree possession of a controlled substance. He is lodged at the same detention center. Online jail records do not indicate whether Jones is represented by a lawyer.

   Police said Jones was in jail on a DUI charge, but was let out for a court-ordered furlough. When he came back, he allegedly snuck in a pair of underwear soaked in methadone, which is a strong pain reliever often used to detox drug addicts.

   Officials said Jones gave pieces of the drug-laced underwear to several inmates.

   McQueary allegedly overdosed after ingesting them.

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