43-year-old Dewanna James was remanded in jail on murder charges pending a trial on October 30. But, she was found unresponsive inside her cell at the Lucas County Jail in Toledo, Ohio.
She was later pronounced dead. The offices of both the sheriff and coroner in Lucas County have began investigations into the incident.
Dewanna James Was Charged with Stabbing a Man to Death
James was arrested on June 12 following an attack on 59-year-old Paul Napier, Jr. An argument had started between the two on Grand Street.
In the end, Dewanna had stabbed Napier in the back. After reporting the incident to the police, Napier proceeded to the ProMedica Toledo Hospital to be treated.
A few days later Napier’s condition worsened, and he died. A medical examiner revealed his right lung had collapsed as a result of the stabbing.
Paul Napier died on January 2. Dewanna James was arrested a few weeks later.
She plead not guilty to murder charges and felony assault at the Lucas County Common Pleas Court. She was remanded in jail in lieu of $1.1 million bond.
The defendant was set to begin her murder trial on October 30. But, she died in her cell before midnight on Monday.
Authorities Don’t Suspecting Foul Play in Inmate’s Death
The prison authorities think James must have died of natural causes. Detective Ron Schermerhorn stated he could not establish a link between the deceased inmate’s approaching murder trial and her sudden death in her jail cell.
The Lucas County Sheriff’s Office announced an autopsy will be conducted into her death as investigations get underway.
James was facing murder charges, felonious assault and aggravated theft. She also had a pending charge from Sylvania for license issues.
The family of Dewanna James has yet to fully respond to questions over the recent ugly development at the Lucas County jail.