OSBI investigates inmate death at Carter County Jail

Published: Jun. 30, 2016 at 4:52 PM CDT
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ARDMORE, Okla. -- State investigators are looking into the death of an inmate at the Carter County Jail. This happened just hours after the sheriff stepped aside, at the request of the grand jury, while he faces felony charges.

"I think that it is horrible and that somethings needs to change," resident Robert Lee said.

Carter County commissioners said Deputy Donny Raley is overseeing the jail while Anthony is suspended and Undersheriff Gregg Johnson is on vacation.

OSBI investigators said 41-year-old Wayne Lafon Bowker was found unresponsive in his cell that he occupied by himself just after 2 a.m. Thursday.

An Ardmore police officer arrested Bowker on March 23, for possession of a controlled and dangerous substance.

Detention officers started CPR on Bowker before he was taken to Mercy Hospital and pronounced dead.

OSBI said Bowker had no physical trauma to the body.

Captain Daron Henry said the Bowker had medical issues when he arrived 3 months ago. Henry said he didn't know what those issue were.

Natalie Shirley says she wants to know who is really looking after these inmates.

"I think there needs to be further investigations into what is going on and who is looking out for the inmates and is their best interest taken to heart with those in charge," Natalie Shirley said.

This is the third inmate death in the last 10 months.

An autopsy showed Aaron Park, 20,committed suicide in September after being arrested for murder; and 44-yea- old Michael Manos died in November. The medical examiner says Manos died of a pulmonary embolism.

County Commissioners are set Friday to appoint an interim sheriff .