Deaths in Mecklenburg
Mecklenburg County has seen four jail deaths in a two-month period this year. State Department of Health and Human Services officials say there were no supervision problems with two of those deaths, while the other two remain under investigation.
The four deaths, and a fifth officials announced Wednesday, are the most the county’s jails have seen in a year since 2007, when seven inmates died, state records show.
The state found proper supervision of Kenneth Bigham, 39, who hanged himself from a sheet and died May 13, and Jamarcus McIlwaine, 34, who died June 28 from a cause yet to be determined.
The deaths still under investigation are Lavarchio Allen, 35, who died July 5 from a cause yet to be determined, and Jerome Thompson, 52, who died July 12 after jumping from the second floor of a general housing pod.
The sheriff’s office reported Karla Griffin, 33, died just after midnight Wednesday of an apparent suicide in a Jail North general housing pod. That death will likely also be investigated by the state DHHS.