A 46 year old woman, Susan D. Kiscoan, was found dead at her single-person Douglas County Jail Cell. According to jail authorities her lifeless body was discovered on Thursday at 4:21 a.m.
While confirming the incident, jail authorities said that the cause of death is yet to be established.
Medical staff responding to the incident unsuccessfully tried to resuscitate Kiscoan in her bunk. Investigations are underway to determine the cause of death of the woman who had been in jail for just two weeks.
Douglas County Jail: Accused of trespassing at a health clinic
According to the police and Omaha City Prosecutor’s office, Kiscoan had trespassed at a Chi Health Clinic on September 14. She was arrested the same day and booked at about 4:45p.m. She was subsequently arraigned in court the following day.
She pleaded not guilty to the charge of trespassing at a CHI Health Clinic and her bail was set at $2,500. Under applicable laws in Nebraska, trespass is a crime that can result in fines or land the accused in jail. Circumstances under which the defendant committed the crime could determine if the crime is categorized as class II or class II misdemeanor.
Bail terms after pleading not guilty
According to the Law in Nebraska, defendants can be released upon depositing a cash amount not exceeding 10 percent of the bond set by the judge.
Kiscoan therefore needed $250 to secure her release from the Douglas County jail but couldn’t raise that amount. She was sent to jail after she failed to post bail to secure her release.
In Nebraska, the cash Bail is deposited with the clerk of the court and some or all the amount is returned depending on the outcome of the charge.
The entire amount is returned if no charge is filed or the charge is dropped before the appearance of the defendant. 10 percent of the amount is retained if a charge is filed.
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