Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:07 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:07:49 GMT
The American Red Cross is working with Oklahoma officials and have been all night to help clean up the devastation and ensure victims of these monstrous tornadoes get the help they need. They're alsoMore >>
The Red Cross holds blood drives, CPR classes and says there are many ways for folks to lend a hand throughout the year but now, for disasters like this, the organization says the best way to help is through donations.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:29 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:29:09 GMT
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91. At least 40 ofMore >>
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
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Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
June 27, 2006
Valdosta -- The unusually high number of inmate deaths in the Lowndes County jail are raising questions from a dead man's family and the NAACP.
George Hill, Junior died Friday at the Lowndes County jail, becoming the tenth Lowndes County inmate to die in custody in the last eight years. The statistics prompted the Hill family and members of the community to demand answers.
It's been four days since the Hill family received word George Hill Junior died in jail. Autopsy results say he died from heart disease, a claim the Hills find hard to believe.
"They killed him. It was foul play," says Linda Harris, George's aunt. The family questions actions by employees at the Lowndes County jail, as well as jail operations.
"There have been thirteen deaths in the Lowndes County Jail, and we have kept track of all the deaths that had occurred in that jail since 1985," said George Boston Hynes, president of the Valdosta/Lowndes County NAACP.
Most of these deaths are labeled as heart complications, suicide, or natural causes. Although no one would comment on camera, Lowndes County officials say there was nothing that could be done in these cases.
The Hill family and NAACP don't agree. They are demanding answers to the questions left by George Hill's sudden death and are calling on the community to take action.
"He will not be a statistic!" declared Harris. "He will not be just another statistic written down and labeled as a heart problem inmate died. This will not rest! It will not rest! We are the family, and we want justice!"
Hill's family has already hired a lawyer, a pathologist, and arranged for a private autopsy to be completed once Hill's body is released from the Moultrie Crime Lab.
George Hill's funeral will be held at Friendship Baptist Church this Saturday at 1:00PM.
Georgia Jail Statistics
The Lowndes County jail can house about 700 inmates and has had 10 inmate deaths in the past eight years.
The Dougherty County jail holds 861 inmates, but only had three deaths in that same time period.
Clayton County near Atlanta keeps almost 2,000 inmates and sees about one death a year, the same as Fulton County jail with its 3,000 inmates.