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Inmate found dead in jail cell

July 20, 2006|by DAVE MCMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A correctional officer at Eastern Regional Jail stopped at David Harold Marshall's jail cell about noon Monday to give the man lunch, a jail spokesman said.

Marshall was lying on his bunk and did not respond to the guard, Lt. Ben Shreve said.

Marshall was dead and jail officials are awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine how the 69-year-old inmate died, Shreve said.

There is nothing to indicate that the death involved foul play, Shreve said.

Marshall, who was found in his cell about 11:55 a.m., had been in the jail since July 15 on charges of obstructing and trespassing filed by the Martinsburg Police Department, Shreve said.

Marshall, who had no fixed address, was to have a hearing Monday night in the city's municipal court, Shreve said.

It is unclear how long Marshall had been dead, Shreve said.

Marshall's body was sent to Charleston, W.Va. for an autopsy but no details of the autopsy were available Wednesday afternoon, jail officials said.

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West Virginia State Police are investigating Marshall's death, Shreve said. Any deaths that occur when someone is in custody must be investigated by a law enforcement agency, Shreve said.

Marshall's death is the first to occur inside Eastern Regional Jail along W.Va. 9, Shreve said.

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