A Dawson County Grand Jury concluded Tuesday that no criminal activity was involved in the death of 52-year-old Michael Holloway who was an inmate of the Dawson County Jail. Holloway was arrested on August 21, 2015 by Cozad Police on suspicion of trespassing and disturbing the peace. He was found unresponsive in his cell around 3:52pm the next day and transported to Lexington Regional Health Center where he was pronounced dead. A news release from the Dawson County Attorney’s Office says a pathologist determined the death was natural as a result of a heart attack associated with acute methamphetamine intoxication. Dr. Matthias I.Okoye’s official cause of death is listed as a natural death result from “acute myocardial infarction of the left heart ventricle associated with acute methamphetamine intoxication.”
The Lexington Police Department conducted the investigation into Holloway’s death. Buffalo County Prosecutor Shawn Eatherton was appointed as Special Prosecutor to conduct the Grand Jury Proceedings. Nebraska law requires a grand jury to investigate the deaths of individuals occurring while in the custody of a law enforcement officer or detention personnel.