Inmate dies in holding cell

Quincy Franklin

Quincy Franklin

LAWRENCEVILLE — A Grayson man died early Sunday morning in a holding cell at the Gwinnett County Jail, officials said.

Quincy William Franklin was originally picked up by Decatur Police on Friday before being transported to Gwinnett just after midnight Saturday, Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais said.

As he was sleeping in a holding cell with two other inmates, deputies discovered Franklin’s life was in peril just before 1 a.m. Sunday.

“At 12:37 a.m., Mr. Franklin was still snoring loudly in a holding cell with two other inmates,” Bourbonnais said. “At 12:52 a.m., deputies came to remove one of those inmates to be processed, and Mr. Franklin could not be awakened and was not responsive.”

Medical personnel within the jail responded, and Franklin was given CPR before being put into an ambulance. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital, Bourbonnais said.

An autopsy was performed Monday, but findings were not yet released pending toxicology results.

The Gwinnett Sheriff’s Department is conducting internal and criminal investigations into the death, which is standard procedure in all deaths that occur while someone is in custody, Bourbonnais said.

Franklin’s most recent booking sheet lists a home address on Falcon Ridge Drive in Grayson. Gwinnett County Jail records show he had been arrested six times since 2005, mostly on minor offenses.

Franklin was transported to Gwinnett by Lawrenceville police Saturday for violation of probation. The charge that led to his arrest in Decatur was unclear Monday.