Officials ID Bibb inmate found dead

January 11, 2014 

William Giles III

Bibb County sheriff’s officials identified an inmate who died in his cell Friday as William Giles III, 34.

He had been in jail since Oct. 16, when he was arrested following indictment on charges of arson, criminal attempt to commit a felony and three counts aggravated assault.

The charges stemmed from an incident on July 20 in which he allegedly used gasoline to set fire to a home in which a two women and an infant were inside. One of the women smelled smoke and called the fire department, which extinguished the blaze before much damage was done.

On Friday inmates were in their cells awaiting their evening meals when Bibb County sheriff’s officials found Giles, according to a sheriff’s office news release. Jailers at first thought he was asleep but when they tried to wake him, he was unresponsive.

Deputies and health care providers went to the cell to provide medical attention and paramedics were notified, according to the release. Investigators said there were no obvious signs of foul play.

The inmate was pronounced dead at 5:45 p.m. by a Bibb County deputy coroner. The death appeared to be a result of natural causes, Lt. Sean DeFoe, sheriff’s spokesman, said Friday. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

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