Lexington man in Jessamine County jail charged with murder after fellow inmate dies

gkocher1@herald-leader.comAugust 25, 2014 

A Lexington man who is an inmate at the Jessamine County jail has been charged with murder in last week's death of another inmate, Kentucky State Police said Monday.

An official cause of death for Corey D. McQueary, 33, of Stanford has not been released by the state medical examiner's office, Jessamine County Coroner Michael Hughes said.

However, Michael B. Jones, 55, of Lexington has been charged with murder following an investigation, state police said in a news release. Jones allegedly smuggled a controlled substance into the jail and provided it to McQueary, state police said in the release.

McQueary was found unresponsive at the jail at 1 a.m. Thursday, state police said. He was taken to St. Joseph-Jessamine in Nicholasville, where he was pronounced dead, state police said.

Jessamine County Jailer Jon Sallee could not be reached for comment late Monday afternoon.

Trooper Robert Purdy, spokesman for the state police post in Richmond, would not comment on a report that Jones brought a controlled substance into the jail after being furloughed. Jones was being held in Jessamine County on a drunken-driving charge.

Purdy also would not comment on a report that Jones allegedly brought methadone-soaked underwear into the jail.

"There are a lot of toxicology reports that have to be done," he said. "There is a lot of testing and investigation that needs to be done."

Jones also is charged with first-degree promoting contraband and second-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Greg Kocher: (859) 231-3305. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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