Preliminary Autopsy Results Released in Marshall County Inmate Death


Preliminary autopsy results have been released in the case of a Marshall County Jail inmate found dead in his cell Sunday morning.

Marshall County Coroner Bill Cleavenger and Deputy Coroner Lisa Richards attended the autopsy in Mishawaka Tuesday which was conducted by Dr. Joseph Prahlow, a board certified forensic pathologist. Cleavenger indicated that the preliminary results showed no evidence of violence nor foul play in the death of 44-year-old Kerry Pinder. Pinder had a history of previous medical issues and there is no evidence to suggest that his incarceration was related to his death.

Pinder was arrested early Saturday morning on a charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and was awaiting his release from jail when the jail staff found him unresponsive in his cell Sunday morning.

Cleavenger also attended the autopsy for a West Virginia truck driver who was found dead in his cab after his truck veered off U.S. 6 and down an embankment near Bremen. According to Cleavenger, 51-year-old Edward Heward did not show signs of trauma related to the accident. He had suffered a medical event prior to the accident and it is believed that drugs and alcohol were not a factor in this crash. The Indiana State Police Motor Carrier Division is still investigating this accident.

Toxicology tests for both cases are still pending.