Yet another Oklahoma County Jail inmate has died, after last year's record-breaking 15 deaths at the jail.
On Wednesday, police arrested Aaron Ducky Spottedcorn, 30, on complaints of first degree murder, concealing stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and unauthorized use of a vehicle. Spottedcorn's arrest came after the discovery of a body inside an Edmond home. Police say the suspect broke into the home of 79-year-old Beaux McGlothlin and bludgeoned him to death with a plaster statue in the home.
By Sunday, Spottedcorn himself was dead. Jail officials say they discovered the inmate hanging by bedsheets from his bunk shortly before 1:00 p.m. during a routine hourly cell check. At 1:34 p.m., he was pronounced dead at OU Medical Center. Authorities say that Spottedcorn was alone in a maximum security cell at the time of his suicide attempt, and that he had covered a window into the cell with paper to avoid detection.
Of the 15 Oklahoma County jail deaths last year, 5 were inmates who committed suicide.
Interim Sheriff P.D. Taylor says that though the jail has taken measures to reduce the number of suicides at the jail, "If somebody really wants to kill themselves there's not much anybody can do about it because the ones who are serious about it don't talk about it, they just do it."
The deceased inmate has a long history with the Oklahoma County Jail. Taylor says that they have 27 mugshots of the man, and that his last jail release was only the day before McGlothlin's murder. At the time of his arrest, he had pending cases for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. He also had two prior convictions for meth possession and a conviction of domestic assault and battery.
Spottedcorn is at least the fourth Oklahoma County Jail inmate to die in 2017:
- On February 6, Ricky Earl Windell, 53, died at a local hospital after being found unresponsive in his cell the day before. Windell was being held for failure to register as a sex offender.
- On February 11, four days after being booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on drug charges, 32-year-old Amanda Freeman was found unresponsive during a scheduled medical check, and attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful.
- On March 25, Davey Mark Jimmerson, 21, died after being found unresponsive in his cell. Though the medical examiner has not released a cause of death, Jimmerson reportedly suffered from asthma, and the day before his death, his mother reportedly tried to bring a nebulizer and breathing treatment to the jail to help her son. She says jail staff rebuffed her efforts to save her son.
Although jail staff says that efforts have been made to improve conditions at the jail in light of 2016's record breaking number of deaths, the number of deaths this year are right on track to repeat or exceed those numbers. By April 11, 2016, there had been 4 deaths at the Oklahoma County Jail last year. By April 9, 2017, there have been four deaths at the Oklahoma County Jail this year.