Jessamine County

Lexington man indicted on charge of causing death of fellow inmate in Jessamine jail

Michael B. Jones
Michael B. Jones

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.

"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.