CRIME
08/27/2014 05:05 pm ET Updated Aug 27, 2014

Inmate Corey McQueary Overdosed On Methadone-Soaked Underwear

An inmate at a Kentucky detention facility is being charged with murder after another inmate died of a drug overdose allegedly caused by methadone-soaked underwear.

Corey D. McQueary, 33, was found dead last Thursday in his cell at the Jessamine County Detention Center, in Nicholasville, where he was awaiting trial for manufacturing methamphetamine.

The cause of death is under investigation, but Michael B. Jones, 55, has been charged with murder in relation to the death, as well as first-degree promoting contraband and possession of a controlled substance.

Jones was being held at the detention center on a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants, but had been given the furlough to attend a funeral.

There has been speculation that Jones snuck in a pair of underwear that had been soaked in methadone. He allegedly shared pieces of the underwear with fellow inmates including McQueary, Fox43.com reports.

Kentucky State Trooper Robert Purdy would not comment on the underwear allegations.

"There are a lot of toxicology reports that have to be done," he told Kentucky.com. "There is a lot of testing and investigation that needs to be done."

McQueary's mother, Serena, is shocked by his death and the news that he died from a drug overdose, which she found out not from investigators, but from local media.

"They said we wouldn't hear anything until the autopsy comes back and here it is on the news saying he overdosed?" she told Lex18.

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