Death at Avery County Jail under state investigation
Jamie Shell / (email@example.com)
An investigation is underway into the death of Walter Earl “Dood” Prichard at Avery County Jail last week.
According to a Monday, July 15, press release emailed to media outlets from Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye, Prichard, 44, was brought into Avery County Jail at about 12:25 a.m. on Wednesday, June 10, for assault on an officer and disorderly conduct criminal charges.
The release explains that detention staff “placed Prichard in a watch cell and maintained regular visual inspections.” Prichard was checked at around 12:32 p.m., according to the release, and was “okay.” Approximately seven minutes later, however, Prichard was found unresponsive and medical assistance was sought.
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