On Saturday October 2, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department reported that just after 7 a.m. on Wednesday September 29, 52-year-old inmate William Easterling was found “unresponsive inside a cell. of detention ”at the county jail at High Point and later died of what is believed to be suicide.

According to the department’s report, rescue measures were immediately taken by prison staff and prison medical staff. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were called and a team reached the prison in about 12 minutes. However, these efforts failed to save Easterling.

Shortly after EMS arrived, Easterling was taken to High Point Regional Hospital where he died at 8:34 p.m.

According to the report, “At the moment, the cause of death is suspected to be suicide, but the investigation into Mr. Easterling’s death is still ongoing.”

If it turns out to be a suicide, it will be the fourth in the county’s two jails in the past two and a half years.

The death also comes following the death of a 27-year-old inmate last month.

The Sheriff’s Department said Easterling’s next of kin have been notified,

Easterling was arrested in Davidson County and transferred to the High Point Detention Center by the Davidson County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday, September 14.

He was charged with misdemeanor probation violation.

According to the report, “He was serving a probation sentence for drunk driving in Randolph County and second or second failure to appear for breach of probation and he was being held in a civil case for non-support of the child. . “

Easterling initially faced $ 25,000 secured bond for the criminal charges and $ 5,000 cash bond for the civil charge.

When he appeared in court for the first time – Friday, September 15 – his bonds were reduced to $ 10,000 guaranteed for the criminal charges and a written promise to appear for the civil charge.

Easterling then had another court appearance on Thursday, September 21, in which he was sentenced to 12 months in the statewide Department of Adult Corrections’ misdemeanor program for ” misdemeanor probation violation and second or second failure to appear on probation violation charges ”.

In 2020, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department changed procedures to help reduce the possibility of prison suicides, but obviously those measures did not prevent this death, which is still under investigation. .

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