Texas County Coroner Marie Lasater has confirmed that one of the inmates who died in September at the South Central Correctional Center in Licking died from a Fentanyl overdose.
Lasater said this morning that an autopsy report came back affirming that 35-year-old Demarco Washington, who died September 30th, died from a Fentanyl toxicity level of three times the lethal dose.
Washington was an offender serving a 10-year sentence for first-degree endangering the welfare of a child, two counts second-degree burglary, and stealing over $750 from St. Louis County. He had been received in the Missouri Department of Corrections on September 4th, 2019.
There was a cluster of inmate deaths in late summer and early fall at the correctional center, an amount that one would not expect to see in such a short period of time.
Lasater says she is still awaiting autopsy reports to come back from most of those cases. One of the deaths. however, was due to lung cancer.