- Special Sections
- Public Notices
Marcus Dunning, a federal detainee at the Marion County Detention Center, was found dead during a routine count Sunday morning, March 20.
Dunning, 39, of Louisville was found to be unresponsive at 7:20 a.m. Saturday. The staff started CPR and called EMS upon finding Dunning, Marion County Jailer Barry Brady said.
"There was no sign of foul play," Brady said. "He just died in his sleep."
Dunning was a federal detainee, and he was facing charges of counterfeiting and security fraud. The detention center staff was conducting one of the four counts that it performs each day when Dunning was found to be unresponsive. The guard who found him contacted her lieutenant, Brady said. They then used the AED machine, started CPR and called for Marion County EMS.
EMS personnel took over when they arrived, but they advised jail staff to contact the coroner several minutes later. Coroner Dick Moraja and the Lebanon Police Department were contacted.
Officer Alan Corbett of the Lebanon Police Department said there were no signs of foul play.
"Everything seems like it was done by the book," Corbett said. "The guy just had some medical problems it appears."
Dunning's body has been transported to Louisville for an autopsy, and Corbett said it could be a month before the results are complete.
Carla Dunning, the wife of the deceased detainee, said she was concerned that her husband may not have received proper medical care. She said her husband was diabetic and had been taking medication to prevent seizures. She also said she spoke with him four times Saturday, and he told her he'd fallen earlier in the week. He was gasping for breath during their final phone conversation, she said.
"Why wasn't he taken to the hospital?" Carla Dunning said.
She added her husband had been transferred to the Marion County Detention Center because of concerns about his medical care at another detention facility. She also said she will be waiting to find out what is in the autopsy report.
"I feel like this is an insult to say that he died in his sleep," she said.