A spokesperson for the Alabama Department of Corrections confirmed Friday that an incarcerated individual at Limestone Correctional Facility died last Thursday.
Jonathan Cossey, 42, an incarcerated man serving a life sentence for a murder committed in Lauderdale County, was found unresponsive in his cell on Thursday, according to the ADOC spokesperson.
Correctional staff attempted life-saving measures on Cossey but were unsuccessful, and he was transported to the healthcare unit within the facility. Cossey was later pronounced dead on Thursday.
The ADOC’s Law Enforcement Services Division is investigating the cause of death and is awaiting the results of a full autopsy. A source within the Alabama correctional system told APR that Cossey’s death was a suicide–, an allegation that has yet to be confirmed by the ADOC or through an official autopsy.
According to the latest statistics released from the ADOC, two incarcerated individuals at the facility, including Cossey, have died since June. Since June of 2021, three people have committed suicide inside the facility, according to the same statistics.
On May 27, a man at Limestone was found unresponsive in his cell at the Limestone County facility and was pronounced dead later that same day, according to a spokesperson from the ADOC.
The family of the man, Joseph Johnson, 33, alleged that their son killed himself in his cell in an interview with APR in June.