UPDATE: Police believe medical condition contributed to inmate’s death

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UPDATE: (04/22/19, 6:22 p.m.) –

According to Kentucky State Police, preliminary autopsy results show 50-year-old Rodney L. Evans, of Mayfield, had hardening of the arteries that contributed to his death.

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Police say Evans, along with another inmate in the same cell, showed signs of a drug overdose while at the Graves County Jail.

Both inmates were taken to local hospitals for treatment.

The other inmate remains hospitalized.



Kentucky State Police and Graves County Jail are trying to track down where the drugs came from.

Toxicology results from the autopsy on Evans are pending.

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky law enforcement officials are investigating the death of a Graves County Jail inmate.

According to a news release, the McCracken County Coroner’s Office alerted the Kentucky State Police of the inmate’s death earlier Sunday morning. The inmate, who was not identified, was discovered unresponsive and needing medical attention at Graves County Jail on Saturday.

The inmate was taken Jackson Purchase Medical Center and later transferred to Baptist Health Paducah, where he died around 10:30 p.m.

Detective Sergeant Brett Miller is conducting the death investigation. An autopsy is being conducted in Louisville.