NICHOLASVILLE — A Lexington man has been indicted in the death of another man while they were inmates in the Jessamine County jail.
Michael B. Jones, 55, was indicted by a Jessamine County grand jury on a charge of second-degree manslaughter in the August death of Corey D. McQueary, 33, of Stanford. Jones was charged with murder in August but was indicted on a lesser charge.
He also was indicted on charges of first-degree promoting contraband and trafficking in a controlled substance. The indictment said Jones introduced methadone in the jail and then "transferred a quantity" of the drug to other inmates.
An arrest citation filed with court papers said Jones "soaked a pair of underwear with methadone" and brought them into the Nicholasville jail. Jones then gave pieces of the underwear to his cellmates.
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"This action resulted in the death of Corey Daniel McQueary," the citation said.
A toxicology report from the state medical examiner's office said McQueary died of "acute methadone toxicity," Jessamine County Coroner Michael Hughes said.
McQueary was found unresponsive at the jail at 1 a.m. Aug. 21, Kentucky State Police said at the time of Jones' arrest. McQueary was taken to St. Joseph-Jessamine in Nicholasville, where he was pronounced dead, state police said.
Jones, who is free on a $10,000 bond, is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 14 in Jessamine Circuit Court.