- Ada, Oklahoma

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May 18, 2014

Inmate dies of suspected drug OD

Ada — The Pontotoc County Sheriff's Department is investigating the death of an inmate who was rushed to Mercy Hospital at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday and later died.

 Malinda Yavonne Lindley, 46, of Holdenville was taken by EMS to the hospital from her cell at the Pontotoc County Justice Center after a jail nurse and other officials administered CPR and were unable to detect a pulse.

 County officials also used an automatic external defibrillator in an attempt to revive the woman, but to no avail.

  Once EMS officials arrived, Pontotoc County Sheriff John Christian said they were able to detect a light pulse. The woman was then rushed to the hospital but died a short-time later.

 Lindley had been arrested Tuesday evening on a public intoxication charge. Christian said the woman was so intoxicated at the time that officers were unable to take the usual inmate mug shots until she had a chance to calm down.

 Christian said all signs pointed to the woman being intoxicated by drugs.

 Ada Police Major Jeff Crosby said the woman's sister told officers the woman has been fighting a methamphetamine addiction.

  Christian said after Lindley was taken into custody, she was twitching and moving around quite a bit in her cell. The sheriff said such movements are not uncommon in drug-related cases at the facility.

 A jail nurse had checked on the woman just after 8 a.m. Wednesday. About 20 minutes later, the woman became quiet and the contrast in her behavior prompted officials to check on her again.

 This time they found her on the floor and not responsive.

 The woman's body has been taken to the Medical Examiner's office in Oklahoma City.

 "They said there were no signs of blunt injury and they were now doing toxicology tests to determine the exact cause of death," Christian said.

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