ABI investigating Coffee County inmate death

Jeffrey Ivie

The Alabama State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the death of an inmate in the Coffee County Jail.

On Tuesday, June 4, jail personnel found Jeffrey Ivie, 45, of New Brockton unresponsive and started performing CPR on the inmate, according to Coffee County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Ronnie Whitworth.

“They performed CPR on him and called the ambulance,” Whitworth said. “Rescue performed CPR and carried him to the hospital and then in the emergency room they performed CPR, but there was no response. Really, he died at the hospital.”

The inmate roster showed Ivie’s release date and time as 5:15 p.m. on that Tuesday.

Whitworth said it appeared that Ivie had a heart attack in his cell and stopped breathing, but that the CCSO is still waiting on a preliminary report to confirm the cause of death.

The ABI is currently investigating the matter, which Whitworth said was standard protocol since the incident started at the jail.

“We called somebody else in because it happened at our facility,” Whitworth said.

Whitworth said Ivie had been taken into custody the day prior, June 3, for domestic violence, possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of marijuana and a charge of parole violation was later added.

Ivie was most recently in the news after a March 11, 2016 preliminary hearing for David Montel Cunningham who is charged with capital murder in connection with the death of James Matthew Hill at a Walding Street apartment.

During the court hearing, Enterprise Police Detective Kyle Hale told the court that Ivie was out on $270,000 bond during the time of the murder and and had contacted police to provide detailed information about Cunningham’s involvement in the case.

Ivie was re-arrested on a drug charge two days after Cunningham’s arrest, Cunningham’s defense attorney told the court.

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