Milwaukee inmate’s death was homicide from dehydration


MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner says an inmate found dead in the county jail four months ago had died of dehydration, and his death was ruled a homicide.

Thirty-eight-year-old Terrill Thomas was found in his cell April 24.

Nearby inmates told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ( ) and police that corrections officers had turned off water in Thomas’ cell for days before he died and he had been begging for water.

The medical examiner says the term “homicide” in a death certification is neutral and doesn’t indicate criminal intent.

The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office says it won’t comment until all investigations, reviews and any possible civil action are complete.

Thomas’ family has said he was having a mental breakdown when he was arrested for shooting a man and firing shots in a casino.


Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,

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