inmate death copyUPDATE: GRAVES COUNTY, KY. (4/29/19) — Methamphetamine has been blamed for the death of a Graves County inmate, and a fellow inmate has been charged with reckless homicide for allegedly bringing the meth inside the jail.

Kentucky State Police Post 1 Master Trooper Jay Thomas said the investigation into the death of 50-year-old Rodney L. Evans, who was found unresponsive April 20 and died after being transported from the jail to the hospital, concluded that meth brought into the jail caused Thomas' death.

KSP charged Mark W. Basham, 33 of Paducah last night with reckless homicide, first-degree promoting contraband and first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance/meth.

Police say Basham had hidden the meth inside his body when he was brought into the jail April 19. He then provided the meth to Evans and other inmates in his cell.

KSP Detective Sgt. Brett Miller is continuing the investigation.

Rita Dukes Smith

SurfKY News Director


UPDATE: GRAVES COUNTY, Ky. (4/22/19) —Kentucky State Police said hardening of the arteries contributed to the death of Graves County Jail inmate Rodney L. Evans, 50 of Mayfield, who died Saturday at the hospital.

KSP said Evans had shown signs of drug overdoes while incarcerated at the Graves County Jail along with a cell mate. Both were transported to the hospital for treatment. The unidentified cell mate remains hospitalized, said police.

A toxicology and autopsy report will be released at a later date, said KSP.

Police and jail personnel continue the investigation into the origin of the contraband.


GRAVES COUNTY, Ky. (4/21/19) — Kentucky State Police is investigating the death of an inmate and the hospitalization of another at the Graves County Jail.

KSP said inmate Rodney L. Evans, 50 of Mayfield died at 11:22 p.m. April 20 at Baptist Health Paducah after jail staff reported finding him unresponsive at around 5:27 p.m. Evans was taken by EMS to Jackson Purchase Medical Center and then transferred to Baptist Health Paducah.

Another Graves County Jail inmate, whose identity has not been released, is being treated at a Paducah hospital suffering from an apparent overdose, said KSP. Police and jail officials are investigating the origin of the contraband.

KSP Detective Sgt. Brett Miller is in charge of the investigation and an autopsy is being performed on Evans to determine the cause of death.

Rita Dukes Smith
SurfKY News Director

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