HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Two Southside Virginia women being held at the Henry County Jail have been charged in connection with the death of another female inmate early Saturday morning after she consumed a suspected narcotic.
At approximately 5:34 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office says the Henry County Jail staff became aware of a female inmate experiencing a medical emergency. Despite efforts by deputies and the Henry County Department of Public Safety, the inmate died.
According to authorities, the inmate was seen walking to her bunk to lay down shortly before 1:45 a.m. Deputies report seeing nothing unusual during their regularly scheduled rounds throughout the night. In addition, a review of video reveals no apparent acts of violence.
The sheriff’s office says the deceased inmate has been identified as 32-year-old Elizabeth Roxanne Mickles of Martinsville. Her body will be brought to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the Western District of Virginia for an autopsy in order to determine her cause and manner of death.
Authorities say the investigation revealed 25-year-old Rebecca Lynn Stacey of Spencer, was aware Mickles had consumed a suspected narcotic and became unresponsive, but did not notify jail staff and prevented other inmates from summoning medical help. In addition, Stacey reportedly concealed Mickles’ condition from deputies as they continued to make their rounds overnight.
Stacey has been charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter in connection with Mickles’ death, so she will continue to be held without bond at the Henry County Jail, according to officials.
Investigators say they also discovered 34-year-old Crystal Ann Grimsley of Bassett — who was booked into the Henry County Jail on Thursday, Jan. 20 — had hidden a small quantity of narcotics within a body cavity when entering the jail.
Grimsley has reportedly been charged with willful delivery of a controlled substance to a prisoner and is being held without bond at the jail.
If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 276-638-8751 or CrimeStoppers at 63-CRIME (632-7463). Crimestoppers offers rewards up to $2,500 for information related to crime.