Ashley Louise McEarchern

The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office has asked Coroner Barry Henderson to hold a coroner’s inquest to determine the circumstance of an inmate’s death.

Henderson said the inquest will hopefully help determine the cause and manner of Ashley Louise McEarchern’s death. The inquest will consider if the death was natural, accidental, a homicide, suicide or undetermined.

According to a Floyd County Sheriff’s Office press release:

McEarchern, 30, of 1034 Lovell Road, was found dead in her cell by Floyd County Jail staff around 7:40 a.m. on Jan. 28.

Chief Deputy Tom Caldwell said a GBI investigation into the incident indicated she died from acute methamphetamine toxicity.

“With Ms. McEarchern being in jail only 48 hours prior to death, we are asking for the inquest in the hope the coroner can help us better determine at what point methamphetamine was ingested, and also what the contents of her stomach may have shown at the time of her death,” Caldwell said in a news release requesting the inquest.

She was arrested on Jan. 26 on charges of violating her probation and driving on a suspended license, according to the release.

A date for the inquest, which will be open to the public, hasn’t been set yet, according to Henderson.

Six jurors will be selected from the Floyd County Grand Jury pool and will hear the evidence presented to them by witnesses and the coroner, Henderson said.

They will be responsible for determining the manner of death, Henderson said.

Henderson said he will gather all the reports, witnesses and medical exams to present to the jurors. He will also be responsible for subpoenaing witnesses and asking questions about their possible involvement.

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