The Texas Department of Criminal Justice announced the deaths of two offenders that are likely connected to the coronavirus yesterday.
68-year-old James Nealy was found unresponsive in his cell at the Wynne Unit on April 15th, 2020. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Nealy, who was serving a 99-year sentence for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon out of Bell County, had not shown any symptoms for COVID-19 and had not been tested. As a part of the autopsy for in-custody death investigations, Nealy was tested for COVID-19 and was found to be positive. The preliminary autopsy results suggest the provisional cause of death is COVID-19. Nealy is the fourth offender who has a preliminary cause of death of COVID-19.
84-year-old Willie Eanes was taken from the Telford Unit to UT Tyler Medical Center on April 14th suffering from symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Eanes suffered from a number of pre-existing medical conditions and tested positive for COVID-19 on April 15th. Eanes, who was serving a 45-year sentence for murder out of Tarrant County, died on April 20th and his family declined to have an autopsy performed, however COVID-19 is believed to have contributed to his death.
There are an additional 6 deaths that are under investigation and pending preliminary autopsy results. 2 other deaths that had been under investigation have been determined to be non-COVID-19 related after the return of preliminary autopsy reports.
In total there are 252 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 594 offenders who have tested positive. There are now 12 employees and 47 offenders who have medically recovered from COVID-19.
16,049 offenders are on medical restriction because they may have had contact with either an employee or offender with a positive or pending COVID-19 test.
PRECAUTIONARY LOCKDOWN FACILITIES: 45,271 offenders impacted
Baten, Bell, Beto, Byrd, Carole Young, Clements, Crain, Darrington, Eastham, Ellis, Estelle, Fort Stockton, Garza West, Gist, Goree, Gurney, Hughes, Hutchins, Jester 4, Jordan, Leblanc, Lopez, Michael, Middleton, Murray, Pack, Ramsey, Robertson, Sanchez, Scott, Smith, Stiles, Stringfellow, Telford, Terrell, Woodman, Wynne
The precautionary lockdowns extend for 14 days from the date of a positive test. Those dates may be extended to the date of the most recent positive test.