Centennial

Arapahoe County jail sees third inmate death this month

Sheriff says no foul play suspected this time

Staff report
Posted 10/22/15

The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office is investigating the Oct. 22 death of inmate James Proctor, 28, the third inmate to die in the county jail this month.

During an inmate count at about 5:30 a.m., deputies approached the cell where Proctor and …

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Arapahoe County jail sees third inmate death this month

Sheriff says no foul play suspected this time

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The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office is investigating the Oct. 22 death of inmate James Proctor, 28, the third inmate to die in the county jail this month.

During an inmate count at about 5:30 a.m., deputies approached the cell where Proctor and another inmate were, according to a news release. The other man responded to the deputies, but Proctor was unresponsive. Deputies immediately notified medical staff and began lifesaving efforts, but Proctor was pronounced deceased at 5:44 a.m.

Proctor had been arrested without incident by the Littleton Police Department on a warrant for failing to appear in court on a DUI case. He arrived at the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office Detention Facility at approximately 2 p.m. Oct. 21 and was awaiting assignment to a housing unit. Deputies had been in his cell at 2 a.m. Oct. 22, and Proctor was alive at that time. The sheriff's office says there was no apparent indication of foul play, but the investigation is ongoing.

On Oct. 3, two Arapahoe County jail inmates died — one by suicide, the other apparently by murder.

On the afternoon of Oct. 1, 46-year-old Tyler Hawkins was found hanging from a noose, apparently fashioned from a towel, in the shower area of the inpatient medical housing unit, according to a release. He was immediately transported to a local hospital.

The next day, Oct. 2, an assault occurred that ended the life of inmate Michael Roy Craven Jr., 43. Fellow inmate Eric Stewart, also 43, has been charged with second-degree murder.

Craven was pronounced dead at 5:07 a.m. Oct. 3. Hawkins, who never improved, lived nearly 10 hours longer and was pronounced dead at 3:42 p.m. His death was ruled a suicide.

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