UPDATE: W.Va. officials investigate 3 deaths at regional jails

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) UPDATE: 7/3/2019 9:33 P.M.

Officials in West Virginia say three inmates at separate regional jails died in the past week.

There was no indication of foul play in any of the deaths.

Andy Malinoski of the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety says that Amanda Kessick was found unresponsive early Friday and died at Western Regional Jail in Cabell County.

The department said Mark Anthony Wartenburg of Scott Depot died Saturday at South Central Regional Jail.

Malinoski said Janson Davenport was found unresponsive in his cell Sunday night at the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County and died about an hour later despite lifesaving attempts.

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A North Carolina man in custody after a shooting in Morgantown died Sunday evening after he was found unresponsive in his cell at the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County, authorities said.

According to the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, Janson Davenport, 21, of Greenville, N.C., was pronounced dead about 10 p.m.

A cause of death has not been released, but a DMAPS spokesman said foul play is not suspected.

His body was taken to the West Virginia State Medical Examiner’s Office in Charleston.

Monongalia County sheriff’s deputies charged Davenport with armed robbery, conspiracy and wanton endangerment following an early morning shooting on June 26 at a motel on Smithtown Road in Morgantown. Authorities said a bullet grazed the chest of a juvenile female.

Deputies also charged Nicholas Curtis, 27, of Morgantown, with armed robbery and conspiracy. He remains in the jail on a $100,000 bond.

Regional jail authorities and the West Virginia State Police are investigating Davenport’s death, the DMAPS spokesman said.



 
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