Inmate death classified as suicide

Steven Eugene Spotts, 30, of Winfield has been identified as the inmate who died Thursday in the Cowley County Jail. 

According to a Monday press release, his death has been classified as a suicide,  the preliminary autopsy results stated. The case is still under investigation by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Sports is the third inmate in almost exactly one year to die in custody of the jail. One other death was ruled a suicide and another is believe to have been due to natural causes.

The jail added procedures after those two deaths, including red “alert” signs and sign-in sheets placed on holding cells, according to officials.

Spotts was being held at the jail on suspicion of identity theft, theft of property or services, criminal use of a financial card and a revoked bond for both district and municipal courts, according to previous jail records.

Spotts was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:32 p.m after jail corrections staff found him unconscious at about 8:08 p.m. and Winfield Fire/EMS and Sheriff deputies attempted life-saving measures, 

Spotts was recently arrested in Wichita for warrants in Cowley County and transferred to the jail awaiting his initial court appearance, Sheriff Dave Falletti said. 

Past sheriff reports show that, in the past several years, he had been arrested on suspicion of unlawful possession of drugs, warrants for failure to appear in court and driving with a suspended license.

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