Autopsy: No foul play in inmate death

Debra Owens, 56, died last week, Clayton County Sheriff Kem Kimbrough told the AJC on Monday.

Owens became seriously ill at the jail on Tuesday and was taken to Southern Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead, Kimbrough said.

The GBI conducted an autopsy and found no signs of foul play, GBI spokesman John Bankhead said.

“From all preliminary indications, it appears to be a natural death,” Bankhead told the AJC on Monday.

The GBI is waiting for toxicology and other reports before releasing the official cause of death.

A jury convicted Owens last year of soliciting and loitering. She was sentenced to probation and community service, but was sent back to jail after she violated her probation, according to court records.