Detectives Investigating Inmate Death – CBS Tampa

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – Detectives are investigating the death of 70-year-old inmate Sir Walter Boykin III.

Detectives say Boykin was booked into Pinellas County Jail on May 26, 2021 on two Clearwater Police Department foreclosures for failure to appear for felony petit theft. Boykin pleaded guilty to these charges and was sentenced with an expected release date of October 11, 2021.

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Detectives were informed that Boykin was telling prison medical staff that he was feeling weak on September 4, 2021, and he was evaluated by a nurse. Medical staff administered a COVID-19 test and it showed positive. Boykin was transported to a local hospital, where he was admitted to the ICU, and he remained hospitalized until his death on Friday, September 10, 2021.

During the investigation, detectives found no evidence that Boykin had been in physical altercations or suffered injuries while in jail.

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The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office made COVID-19 vaccinations available to all inmates on April 13, 2021 and continues to administer them on a voluntary basis (Press release 21-039). Prisoners have the opportunity to request vaccination at any time by asking any employee. Boykin was not vaccinated before jail, showed no symptoms when booked and did not ask for vaccination while in jail.

The medical examination office is working to determine the cause and manner of death.

Boykins Next of Kin has been notified.

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The investigation continues.

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