Fayette County inmate found unresponsive, dies

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Officials in Lexington say a 46-year-old jail inmate has died after being found unresponsive in his cell.

The Fayette County coroner’s office says Steven W. Lieras was found in his cell early Tuesday at Fayette County Detention Center and taken to the University of Kentucky Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Preliminary autopsy results indicate the death was due to natural causes. The coroner’s office said Lieras was originally from Louisville.

A news release from city government said Lieras was arrested at 1:19 a.m. EDT on charges of alcohol intoxication and failure to appear in court. The release said he was found unresponsive at about 4 a.m. and that corrections officers tried to resuscitate him as they called emergency workers. He was pronounced dead at 4:36 a.m.

Police are investigating, but the city said it didn’t appear the death was suspicious.


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