An inmate in the Upshur County Jail who was found unconscious from self-inflicted harm July 19 died at Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center — Longview, Upshur County Chief Sheriff’s Deputy David Hazel said Monday.
Hazel reported the Texas Rangers notified the sheriff’s office William Meadows, 27, of Longview died. The written statement does not give the date of death for Meadows, who was booked into the jail July 11 on charges of violation of probation and violation of a court order.
Other inmates found Meadows unconscious in the shower of a multi-inmate cell July 19 and notified jail staff, who administered first aid.
At the request of Upshur County Sheriff Larry Webb, the Texas Rangers opened an investigation of the incident involving Meadows.
Meadows is the second area jail inmate to die after making a suicide attempt in recent weeks.
Tony Waters, 55, of Kilgore died Saturday in a local hospital after trying to hang himself Wednesday in the Gregg County Jail.
Waters was arrested July 24 and booked into the jail on a capital murder charge from a Smith County warrant.
He was found in a single-person separation cell “with his bodyweight suspended by his neck,” Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano said in a statement. He was hanging from clothes made into a rope.
Waters was suspected of wounding his ex-girlfriend and killing her boyfriend and teenage son July 23 in Tyler.