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Inmate Who Died In Leon County Jail Thursday Had History Of Mental Health Issues

Leon County Sheriff's Office

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an inmate’s death at its jail. Unice Emanuell Gallaway, 52, had a history of mental health issues and had been found incompetent by the County court several times.

Gallaway was awaiting a mental health hearing on the 29th of this month, but was found unresponsive in his cell Thursday. There have been no details released as to how he lost consciousness. The Sheriff’s Office says in a release Gallaway regained consciousness in the jail’s medical unit, but died in an ambulance on the way to a hospital.  

Gallaway was booked in the jail in late September of this year. But his arrest happened in 2015, when he was charged with trespassing, giving false information to officers and battery on a law enforcement officer.

Gallaway has been detained for three years, but officials have not said at what points he was housed in the jail or elsewhere. He was found incompetent to proceed in court in 2015 and again two years later.

State Attorney Jack Campbell could not comment on particulars of the case, but did confirm: “We’ve been addressing his mental status in the criminal justice system since 2015.”

More information is expected as the investigation is ongoing.

Ryan Dailey is a reporter/producer for WFSU/Florida Public Radio. After graduating from Florida State University, Ryan went into print journalism working for the Tallahassee Democrat for five years. At the Democrat, he worked as a copy editor, general assignment and K-12 education reporter.