Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Another inmate dies at McHenry County Jail

Yesterday morning an inmate died in the McHenry County Jail, after being taken there from a judge's courtroom. Tommy J. O'Dell, 37 (O Dell in online court records), had three Woodstock traffic charges pending and further court action of a 2008 possession charge.

Online court records show a warrant issued April 19 and quashed April 21, and then a warrant issued April 26. And a warrant issued on the traffic cases on April 19.

The Northwest Herald published its article at 8:33AM today but, as of 4:30PM today there was still no publication of the media release on the Sheriff's webpage at  Considering that the media release should have been ready before the end of the day yesterday and then published, favoritism seems to be shown to the Northwest Herald and such withholding of the media release from the Sheriff's website needs to be challenged.

Was O'Dell carefully searched after ordered remanded in Judge Feetterer's court? Was he again searched in the booking area before being placed in the holding cell? Did he have any contraband that might have contributed to his death?

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