Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Inmate collapses while playing basketball in Palm Beach County Jail


Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

WEST PALM BEACH- — An inmate in the Palm Beach County Jail died Monday afternoon, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

Leonard Jamell King, 18, of South Bay, had been booked into the jail on Jan. 2 after being arrested on charges grand theft of a firearm, burglary and fraud. King was playing basketball with other inmates in the east recreational yard of the jail around 4 p.m. when he collapsed, according to Sgt. Pete Palenzuela.

King was taken to JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, where he was pronounced dead.

Detectives are still investigating the death but there were no signs of injuries or foul play and investigators believe King's death may have been caused by some sort of medical issue, Palenzuela said. An autopsy has been scheduled.


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