Investigation concludes regarding inmate’s death


COLUMBUS, Ind.–Indiana State Police investigators have finished their report on the October 5, 2017, death of a Bartholomew County Jail inmate. Sgt. Stephen Wheeles of ISP says that Debin Gabbard, 27, of Columbus, allegedly smuggled methamphetamine into the jail and gave it to an inmate, Mary Snyder, 19 of Columbus. State police say they believe Snyder then passed the contraband to her cellmate, Angela Blair, 42, of Elizabethtown. Wheeler states that Blair collapsed and passed away soon after obtaining the meth from Snyder.

After the case was presented to the Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s Office, warrants were issued last Thursday for Gabbard and Snyder. On Friday, the warrants were served on both women who are still incarcerated, Gabbard at the Bartholomew County Jail and Snyder at the Rockville Correctional Facility, where she is serving time on an unrelated charge.

Gabbard was arrested on charges of dealing methamphetamine, trafficking with an inmate, possession of a narcotic drug, and possession of methamphetamine. Snyder was charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine.

Both women will remain behind bars, pending their initial court appearances in Bartholomew County.

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