Inmate from College Park dies at DeKalb County Jail

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office has reported the death of an inmate, Charles Robert Smith, 31, who passed away while in custody on May 20.

Preliminary reports indicate that Smith experienced a medical emergency in his jail cell at approximately 10:06 a.m.


According to the sheriff's office, the on-site medical team responded to provide emergency services. EMS personnel arrived shortly after and pronounced Smith deceased.

The on-site medical team from the sheriff’s office responded promptly to provide emergency services. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrived shortly thereafter, but Smith, a resident of College Park, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

DeKalb County Jail

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Smith had been in custody since Dec. 9, 2023, facing charges of VGCSA – Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon or First Offender, both classified as felonies.


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The cause of Smith's death has not yet been determined by the medical examiner, and the incident is currently under investigation by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office of Professional Standards (OPS).