Toxicology report indicates inmate died of natural causes

A state crime lab report indicates a man who died while in custody at the Grady County jail late last year died of natural causes due to health reasons, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Franklin Edward Lee suffered from hypertension and cardiovascular disease says Steve Turner, GBI special agent in charge. “He (Lee) had been having health issues and when he got involved in the excited situation it caused his demise,” Turner says.
Lee passed away on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, but the GBI had to await results of a toxicology test before determining his cause of death.
The 58-year-old Cairo man was in a holding cell when a jailer found him unresponsive at 9:40 p.m., more than three hours after he was arrested.
Cairo Police had taken Lee into custody at 6:20 p.m. at Hardees on U.S. 84 after restaurant employees called for help in removing him from the premises.
The handcuffed Lee allegedly resisted when officers tried to put him in a police car, so they used pepper spray and Lee then “slid in the vehicle and was leaned upwards against the patrol car door,” the police incident report states.
Once at the jail, officers gave water to Lee so he could wash his face. After then going through the booking process, Lee was taken to a holding cell. At 9:40 p.m., he was found unresponsive. Jail employees attempted to revive Lee, who was taken by ambulance to Grady General Hospital where further attempts at resuscitation were unsuccessful. 

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