Inmates in Cherokee, Cobb found dead in jail cells

Cherokee inmate found dead in holding cell

An Acworth man arrested on charges of driving under the influence died in the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center, authorities said.

David Wayne Mills, 55, was found dead Monday night from what appears to be “self-asphyxiation,” said Capt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

The apparent suicide occurred in a holding cell in the facility’s book-in area, Baker said. Mills was alone at the time.

The GBI has been called to investigate, which is standard procedure when an inmate dies, authorities said.

Mills’ death came just one day after a Cobb County inmate died in custody.

Kevil Wingo, 36, died Sunday morning after experiencing a “medical emergency” in his cell, Cobb Sheriff’s Office spokesman Commander Robert Quigley said in a statement. He was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Kevil Wingo
Kevil Wingo

Credit: Cobb County Sheriff's Office

Credit: Cobb County Sheriff's Office

The Atlanta man was arrested Sept. 23 on a cocaine possession charge, Cobb jail records show.

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