Officials investigate death at jail

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 29, 2007


The family members of a Selma man who died over the weekend in the Dallas County Jail are awaiting autopsy results to determine what happened.

Michael Stallworth, 35, of 1515 Marie Foster St., had been in jail since Wednesday.

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On Sunday he was found dead, and details are sketchy.

A spokesperson for the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department confirmed Stallworth had been held on a failure to appear warrant, and that he was deceased.

Attempts to reach Sheriff Harris Huffman were unsuccessful Monday.

Stallworth’s sister told The Selma Times-Journal that when they found out Stallworth had reportedly been in a fight on Sunday, they went to the hospital.

“They said they didn’t have a Michael Stallworth, so we went out to the jail. When we got to the jail, the hearse was there,” said Ashley Stallworth. “They said he got to fighting. They’re really not telling us anything.”

Stallworth, 21, said her family was preparing to visit her brother on Sunday.

She said when they arrived they were told there had been a fight and the hearse was there transporting her brother to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for an autopsy.

“We really don’t know anything,” Ashley Stallworth said, adding her brother was on medication.

She said she called paramedics on Wednesday, May 23 because Michael told her he was not feeling well. She said the ambulance came, along with “six police cars.”

“They said he had a warrant on him,” Ashley Stallworth said.