Tommy Lamar Winston, an inmate at the Floyd County Jail, was pronounced dead at Floyd Medical Center Monday, April 4 at 5am.  According to Floyd County Jail officials, on Friday, April 1 just before 9PM, Winston was seen by jail medical staff.  At that time it was determined that Winston should be sent to Floyd Medical Center.  Winston was immediately transported to Floyd where he was admitted to the Cardiac Care Unit for treatment of congestive heart failure.


After 3 days of treatment at Floyd Medical Center, Winston died.  Coroner Gene Proctor has confirmed that Winston’s death was a result of natural causes attributable to “classic congestive heart failure”.  The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), the state agency which investigates in-custody deaths, has determined that an autopsy is not necessary.  Proctor has been authorized by the GBI to release Winston’s body to the family.


Tommy Winston had been in the custody of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office since Wednesday, March 16 on a felony probation violation for possession of cocaine.