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Inmate dies at Houston County Jail

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Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 5:20 pm

Houston County’s coroner is awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine what caused the death of a Houston County Jail inmate.

Donald Ray Floyd, 53, of Flynn Road in Dothan, passed away while at the jail’s medical facility Monday, hours after undergoing a procedure at a local hospital.

Coroner Robert Byrd and Houston County Sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Antonio Gonzalez declined to disclose the procedure. Byrd said the procedure was a “minor, outpatient kind of thing.”

“It wasn’t believed to be anything that was serious in nature,” Byrd said. “We just don’t know what happened. He may have had some sort of underlying condition that we are not aware of.”

Byrd said Floyd’s body has been sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for an autopsy. Byrd said results could be returned within “a couple of days” if the cause is easily detectable. However, he said the process could take several months if toxicology tests are required.

Gonzalez declined to release any further details on the incident.

Court records indicate Floyd was arrested and charged with second-degree theft of property on Sept. 28 and was released from jail on a $10,000 bond. He was later incarcerated at the Houston County Jail on Nov. 4 on a “bondsman’s Process.”

According to information provided on Floyd’s application for financial hardship, he indicates he was in the refrigeration business for 32 years.

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