Investigation underway after death of Shelby County inmate

Published 5:11 pm Tuesday, May 14, 2024

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An official investigation is underway after the death of an inmate that was booked into the Shelby County Jail.

Calvin Junior Boyd, 67, from West Blocton, was booked into the Shelby County Jail on June 15, 2023 for charges of sodomy in the first degree, sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old and sexual abuse in the first degree.

On May 14, at approximately 4:52 a.m., a jail deputy observed that Boyd needed assistance and summoned a nurse who was assigned to the medical unit. The nurse, along with additional jail deputies responded and began providing emergency medical care, including the use of a LUCAS device. Southeast Shelby Rescue also responded to assist during the situation, however, Boyd lost consciousness and efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

According to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, the exact cause of death is unknown at this time, however, the primary belief is that Boyd died as a result of a medical emergency.

Sheriff John Samaniego has requested that the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office conduct an independent review of the incident. The Shelby County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene and plans to transport Boyd to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science for an autopsy.

Due to the ongoing status of the review, no further information is available at this time but more will be released as it becomes available.