For the second time in less than a week, an inmate at the Muscogee County Jail has died with a health issue, Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan said.
Maurice Grier, 21, of Columbus was pronounced dead at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday of a brain aneurysm at Midtown Medical Center (formerly The Medical Center), Bryan said. No foul play is suspected.
“There were no bruises on him,” the coroner said.
Jail officials went to the inmate after he banged on the window, complaining about not being able to breathe, and his head was hurting. He was unresponsive when taken by ambulance to the emergency room around 12:50 a.m. He was treated in the intensive care unit and placed on life support.
A CAT scan revealed that Grier had bleeding on his brain. He died about 12 hours later. Grier is the second inmate to die after the Thursday death of Lori Carroll, 46.
She had broken ribs, a punctured lung and wounds to her face. No cause has been given in her death, which remains under investigation.
The latest inmate had been jailed since July, when he was arrested on a series of charges. They included one count of aggravated assault, two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, burglary, criminal damage to property and other charges.
Grier was a passenger in a car, when it was stopped July 4 at the corner of 15th Avenue and Cusseta Road.
A 9 mm semi-automatic pistol was found underneath the passenger seat. The serial number on the weapon revealed that it had been stolen in a burglary on Sixth Avenue.
Grier is accused of using a 9 mm pistol while shooting at and wounding two men at Gleason Avenue and Torch Hill Road on March 19, 2011. One of the men was shot in the left forearm as he was trying to leave Eagle Trace Apartments on Torch Hill Road.
In September 2010, Grier was convicted of burglary in a Muscogee County Superior Court.
Conswelar Ingram, the mother of the inmate, said a doctor told her that her son was dead before they moved him from the jail. She has learned that her son was in a fight with an inmate bigger than him last week and was somehow thrown on his head.
“I didn’t know nothing about that,” she said.
Ingram said she talked to her son for the last time on Sunday.
“He said, ‘Mama I love you,’” she said.