Inmate's family says death is suspicious

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

ATOKA, Okla. -- A family is outraged, after their loved one dies suddenly in an Oklahoma prison. Family members speak out on why they think the death seems suspicious.

The ground is still soft at Timmy Gene Williams' grave site and flowers mark the spot where family members remember the 46-year-old.

"He was a great dad, very well love," says Megan Fincher, Williams’s daughter.

Williams died one week ago in the Lex Assessment and Reception Center in Lexington Oklahoma. He was being held there while paperwork for his upcoming hearing was processed.

Medical records show Williams, incarcerated on drug charges, hit his head in his cell at the Lex Assessment and Reception Center. He was taken to Purcell Municipal Hospital, stitched up, and released back to the Department of Corrections facility.

"They told us that he was waiting to be transported back to his cell when he just stopped breathing,” Megan says. “But whenever we talked to the medical examiner they told us he was strapped to a bed whenever he quit breathing. So, we just want to know the true story, what really happened. That's all we want and nobody wants to talk to us."

Megan says her family has tried to talk to the warden, but HIPAA laws prevent officials from releasing any information since Williams did not leave an executor of his will.

Medical records state that he had a psychotic episode, was aggressive and violent, but the same records show he was taking several medications like Xanax and Vicotin. Those drugs as designed as "downers,” which do not typically cause belligerent behavior. Family members also say Williams never exhibited violent, psychotic behavior.

"Just because he was in prison doesn't mean he doesn't have rights just like the rest of us. And they should have been looking out for his best interest. If he was having episodes, he should've been in a room by himself so he couldn't hurt himself or others," Megan says.

When Williams body was taken to a funeral home, family members say they saw more wounds on his body and took photos too graphic to show on television. The photos depict two head wounds, bruising on his head, a wound on his hand, and severe bruising on his right foot. The medical records only record one head laceration.

Williams was a regular in Lexington, with a lingering drug problem. He arrived at LARC December 20, 2007, awaiting a parole hearing scheduled for February, 2009. The latest visit was the 8th or 9th trip to the facility.

Even with those problems, Megan says he still deserves human dignity.

"He was an excellent dad. Now that I look back, whenever I was younger, I always wanted to know, why he would rather be in prison than to be home with his family.

But I don't think it was that at all. I don't think it was that he didn't want to be with his family, I think he needed to be there. I think that was when he could stay clean whenever he was in prison. But dad was, everybody loved dad. He had so many friends that just wanted to be around him all the time."

KXII-TV called the Lexington facility, but HIPAA laws prohibit them from commenting other than to confirm his death, and say they treat every case individually.

Family members say the medical examiner is waiting for a toxicology report to be complete. They've also contacted an attorney and say they hope this can help bring them some closure.

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  • by Marissa Location: Atoka on Jan 22, 2008 at 09:45 AM
    Megan, Those who knew Timmy know he was not a violent person. I have known him my whole life. He wasn't pefect, so what NOBODY is. He didn't deserve what happened and I hope you and your family will someday get the truth about what really caused his death. I would just ignore the hatred comments on this page from others. They obviously have some problems of their own they need to deal with. Just my opinion. ~Hugs~
  • by Megs (His Daughter) Location: Atoka on Jan 22, 2008 at 08:22 AM
    I want to say thank you guys for the kind words and I am so greatful that we DO have good UNJUDGMENTAL people in this world, because after all, we were not put on this earth to judge far as the negitivity from the others I have nothing to say besides this, You want to judge people that you don't even know, but one day YOU will be judged by a higher power, the only judgment that matters. I love my Dad still and I love my Moms and I don't regret a day that I have lived, because everything I have been through has made me the strong, independent, loving person I am today. Thank you for all the prayers and I ask you to keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we travel down this rocky road...I know the truth will come out one day, it just can't be soon enough. Thank you again and God Bless.
  • by Shelly Location: Atoka on Jan 21, 2008 at 12:47 PM
    Hey Meg,You have Kenneth and I's full support. We are praying that the truth will come forward. Just know that we love you and if there is anything we can do, give us a call. I understand this has to be very difficult, but remember God can give you closure when nothing else seems to help. You are all in our prayers and remember God loves you.
  • by HERE Location: GONE on Jan 21, 2008 at 08:12 AM
    I can understand where everyone is coming from but there are other choices out there besides prison he could have straightened up if he wanted to he could have went to rehab or other things but know let me say this the drug users always lover there family but they keep doing the only thing they know and that is drugs my uncle was locked up for 12 years thats enough time to get sobber and he went back for 7 years and then he went back for not reporting to probation office HE WAS CLEAN AFTER 12 YEARS BUT THIS IS ALL THEY KNOW PRISONERS LOVE THEIR FAMILY AND SAY I AM SORRY FOR YOU TO SEND MONEY AND TAKE CARE OF THEM ALONG WITH THE STATE I AM SORRY FOR THE DEATH BUT MY UNCLE ISNT PSYCO EITHER BUT YOU CAN BET HE HAS BEEN TACKLED BY GUARDS BECAUSE HE STILL THINKS HE HAS THE HEADS UP IN PRISON LIKE ON THE STREET. SO THEY CAN GO PSHCO IN A HEART BEAT AND THEY STILL YERN FOR THOSE DRUGS WHEN THEY GET OUT
  • by Angela Location: Tuskahoma on Jan 20, 2008 at 10:59 PM
    Meg, I understand your situation totally. I lost my father to cancer last oct. He was in lexington also 4 drugs. He became ill in feb. 05 in madill but couldnt get the medical help he needed because he was an inmate. By the time he made it to lexington for release in july 07 they had let his cancer progress to the point he had only a few months to live. I was lucky enough to spend the last 3 months he was alive with him I took care of him in my home with the help of hospice.But he probably would still be alive if he hadnt of been in prison. But because he was an DOC inmate he could not get the medical treatment that he needed. Its really sad that the people in prison cant get the medical attention they need because they are human just as you and I or anyone else for that matter. It really infuriates me. My Dad was loved by anyone who had ever met him and became his friend. He is greatly missed. So I know how you feel and my prayers are with you. God Bless .
  • by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2008 at 07:56 AM
    OH MY,OH my,I know agree location elsewhere,you have no room to talk about anyone,clean up your own backyard first,seem's to me it is very dirty
  • by SE Location: Bryan on Jan 19, 2008 at 04:04 PM
    To "Agree" from elsewere, You both need to grow up. You have no idea what the real world is like. My parents were good parents and raised 5 great kids but one of my brothers became involved with drugs in college and no one knew until it was too late, he's better now but we never know from day to day because he's grown and lives away. I'm glad to hear your so perfect. Maybe one of these days you will be able to see past the mistakes people make and see the person inside. I know my brother made mistakes and he knows it too, but that does not stop me from loving him just the same. Have a heart and put yourself in the their shoes. To The family, I pray God gives you strength to deal with your loss. I'm sorry.
  • by stacey Location: denison on Jan 19, 2008 at 07:54 AM
    TO AGREE AND ME, children are on here making comments about their DADs.why in the world you two idoits make comments to hurt these kids more,you two should be ashame of guys are the lowlifes.Ihope either one of you do not have children because if you do I feel so so so sorry for them to have parents like either one of time put your real name on here dont be chicken
  • by Jo Location: Atoka on Jan 19, 2008 at 01:10 AM
    "Agree from Elsewhere" and "Me from Somewhere"... you people are so very lucky to be a part of families that have only perfect people in them. People who never make mistakes and have never had any kind of problems. You are truly blessed. Although I doubt that's really the case. On the other hand, you've obivously not been tought compassion, common sense seems to be lacking, and to say that you are judgemental when you only have a few facts seems pretty fair. For you people to get on here and insult this family and friends; who are still grieving, doesn't show much character on your part. Now, I knew this man for almost my entire life. Seen him in good times and bad. Yes, he'd made bad choices and had problems. BUT, make no mistake, this man loved his kids and his family with all his heart. He was a great dad and friend. He was NOT a violent man as anyone who really knew him could tell you. I saw the wounds left on him. This family has every right to get answers to these legitimate ?'s.
  • by Agree Location: elsewere on Jan 18, 2008 at 12:46 PM
    I totally agree with you, me from somewhere. I get so tired of these losers who are always high or drunk going on and on about how important their children are to them. If they were so important they'd be productive citizens working hard to support their families. Poor bunch of lowlifes do nothing but reproduce more lowlifes, which is why the world is in the lovely shape it is.
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