Crime & Courts

June 12, 2014

Osage County Jail inmate death ruled a suicide

The death of an inmate housed in the Osage County Jail has been ruled a suicide, a KBI spokesman said Thursday.

The death of an inmate housed in the Osage County Jail has been ruled a suicide, a KBI spokesman said Thursday.

Special Agent-In-Charge Mark Malick said the agency was called to investigate after 26-year-old Justin Drew Glidewell was found dead in his cell on June 7. Malick said an autopsy conducted in Kansas City on June 8 “in combination with the investigation” by law enforcement led authorities to determine Glidewell’s death was self-inflicted.

Glidewell had been booked into jail the day before he died on suspicion of domestic violence and a probation violation, Osage County Undersheriff Jeff Johnson said Thursday. Neither he nor Malick would not disclose details of Glidewell’s death or discovery.

The results of the KBI’s investigation will be turned over to the Osage County Attorney’s Office for review, Malick said. The jail is located in Lyndon, which is about 30 miles south of Topeka.

Under Kansas law, the KBI is required to investigate all inmate deaths that are not determined to be from natural causes by a physician, qualified autopsy, preliminary autopsy report or death certificate or if the inmate was regularly under the care of a licensed physician.

Malick said the KBI investigated 10 inmate deaths under the law in both 2012 and 2013, and three so far in 2014. Some were later found to be from natural causes, he said.

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