State confirms death at county jail

By ED HOWELL
Posted 9/12/18

State officials on Tuesday finally addressed a death of a Jasper man at the Walker County Jail, four days after the death occurred. Walker County Sheriff Jim Underwood referred questions to the …

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State confirms death at county jail

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State officials on Tuesday finally addressed a death of a Jasper man at the Walker County Jail, four days after the death occurred. 

Walker County Sheriff Jim Underwood referred questions to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA). A trooper spokesman at the agency later referred questions to State Bureau of Investigation, which is also a part of ALEA. 

After the Daily Mountain Eagle made another series of inquiries on Tuesday, Captain Jonathan R. Winters emailed a statement from the State Bureau of Investigation's Russellville office. 

"On Friday, September 7, 2018, Special Agents with the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation responded to the Walker County Jail at the request of Walker County Sheriff Jim Underwood to investigate the death of Inmate Jamie Lee Martin, 38," Winters said in a release. "Martin was incarcerated on Wednesday, August 30, 2018, by the Walker County Sheriff’s Department after being arrested on a Failure to Appear warrant.

"Martin’s cause of death will not be released until the investigation is completed along with a postmortem examination conducted by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.  Upon completion, both will be forwarded to the 14th Judicial Circuit District Attorney for presentation to a Grand Jury." 

Winters said no other details were available at this time. 

Wilson Funeral Home & Crematory in Carbon Hill released a death announcement on Martin's death on Tuesday, noting Martin was from Jasper and that he "passed away Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Jasper." Arrangements will be announced later by the funeral home. 

The death occurred four months after another inmate, Bryan Michael Freeman, 37, died at the county jail on May 1. Underwood requested the state bureau also do an investigation into that death. He had been arrested by Jasper police for failure to appear warrants, according to Winters, although the Walker County Sheriff's Office's Facebook page noted a number of charges for Freeman, such as sexual abuse, sodomy, burglary and theft. 

In June, another inmate who had health issues and was receiving medical care was taken by ambulance from the jail  to Walker Baptist Medical Center, where he died. The inmate, Mark Alan Scott, 52, was being held on a probation violation.