Coroner: Autopsy results show no evidence of trauma or injury for inmate who died in custody; Possibly natural diseases

Springfield, Illinois – Jim Allmon, the Sangamon County Coroner, confirmed the identity of the deceased individual who was transported from the Sangamon County Jail yesterday.

Bobby Joe Jimerson, 62, of Springfield was pronounced deceased at 09:38 a.m., yesterday by hospital staff at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in the Emergency room.

An autopsy was performed this morning and preliminary findings show significant natural disease. There was no evidence of injury or trauma.

Mr. Jimerson’s official cause of death is “pending additional studies” such as histology and toxicology. The death is under investigation by the Sangamon County Coroner and the Illinois State Police.

According to Sangamon County Sheriff Jack Campbell, “On Sunday, 6/27/21, at approximately 8:54 a.m., Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Officers were escorting inmates to court when an Jimerson reported that he couldn’t walk and went down to his knees. The officers assisted placing Jimerson in a wheel chair and medical staff was advised.

Jimerson became unresponsive, correctional officers along with medical staff began life saving measures until the paramedics arrived and took over.

According to Springfield Police records, Jimerson was arrested on June 25 at 9:16 p.m., after a physical dispute with his girlfriend. The girlfriend told officers that Jimerson pulled out a gun and smacked her in the face with it. It wasn’t immediately known if officers recovered a weapon at the scene, but according to records, a search warrant was being requested to search Jimerson’s residence.

Jimerson was arrested for domestic battery, a class A misdemeanor.

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