No Charges In Inmate Death At Vermilion County Jail
The Vermilion County State’s Attorney says no charges will be filed in connection with the death of inmate Jamie Moore at the county jail inside the Public Safety Building in Danville.
The 43-year-old Moore, of Hoopeston, died while in custody on August 1st.
In a letter to the State Police agent investigating Moore’s death, State’s Attorney Jacqueline Lacy says the inmate was found dead in his cell, hours after he was involved in an altercation with two correction officers.
In the incident, which was recorded on surveillance video, the officers were trying to move Moore and other inmates from a section of the Public Safety Building that had become flooded. Authorities believe inmates caused the flooding.
Lacy says Moore suffered “superficial blunt force injuries to the body” during the fight with officers, Brandon Fox and Krystian Ingram. But she notes that an autopsy determined that severe heart disease, not the injuries, caused his death.
Lacy says Moore “had severe coronary disease and a pathologically enlarged heart, both causing great susceptibility to a fatal cardia arrhythmia”. The autopsy was performed August 2nd in McLean County by Dr. Amanda J. Youmans, D.O., and attributed Moore’s death to coronary artery atherosclerosis.
In her letter to State Police Special Agent Kyle Border, State’s Attorney Lacy wrote that “the force used was not excessive and had no connection to Moore’s death” and that officers Fox and Ingram were justified in using force against Moore after he struck one of the officers when they tried to move him.
“I consider the matter to be closed and no charges will be filed,” concluded Lacy.
Moore death marked the second time in 2018 that the death of a citizen led to an investigation of law enforcement in Vermilion County. In the earlier incident, Lacy concluded that Danville police officers were justified in the fatal shooting of DaNathe M. Gulliford during a traffic stop in June.