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Coroner: Bartholomew County Jail inmate died of drug overdose

Police say 47-year-old Gregory Leonard of Columbus was found unresponsive around 6 p.m. Sunday, June 6 at the jail.

COLUMBUS, Ind. — The Bartholomew County coroner has ruled the cause of death of an inmate who died in custody in June was a drug overdose.

Police say 47-year-old Gregory Leonard of Columbus was found unresponsive around 6 p.m. Sunday, June 6 at the jail. Officers gave medical attention to Leonard and he was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

On Aug. 18, the coroner's office said Leonard died of a fentanyl overdose.

The Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department called on detectives from the Indiana State Police Versailles Post to conduct an investigation, which is standard procedure for a death that occurs inside a jail.

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