Inmate who died in Hempstead Detention Center identified

    An inmate whose death sparked an investigation at the Hempstead County Detention Center on Friday has been identified.

    78-year-old Coy Clayborn was found by detention officers around 4:15 p.m. on Friday with a sheet tied from his neck to the top bunk.  Officers began CPR on Clayborn until Pafford EMS arrived on scene.  Emergency personnel were unable to revive Clayborn, who was pronounced dead by the county coroner just before 5 p.m.

    Clayborn’s body was sent to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

    Sheriff James Singleton has requested that the Arkansas State Police conduct an investigation into Clayborn’s death.

    The 78-year-old was originally arrested in August of last year on charges including rape, sexual indecency with a child, and sexual assault in the second degree involving ongoing sexual abuse of a child aged 6-10 years.  Clayborn was convicted on four counts of sexual assault in the second degree on October 28, fined $10,000 and sentenced to 21 months in prison.

    Clayborn was awaiting transfer to the Arkansas Department of Corrections at the time of his death.  He was housed in a cell by himself and the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an internal review to determine if policies were followed during his incarceration.

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