Update: Regional jail inmate's death ruled accidental

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DODDRIDGE COUNTY, W.Va. (WTAP) - Updated: 7/13/2018

The death of an inmate transferred to the North Central Regional Jail in March has been ruled accidental.

A spokesman for the West Virginia Division of Military Affairs and Public Safety told WTAP on Friday that a toxicology report identified methamphetemene in the blood of Brandon Logston.

An investigation shows he died of a drug overdose.

Updated: 3/9/2018 4:00 P.M.

24-year old Brandon Logston is described by a family member as a good person.

"He didn't have a mean streak in his body," said his sister, Heather Small. "He was good to everybody he came across. He would do whatever he could to help you."

She also says Logston was a user of both marijuana and methamphetamine, while adding he was not recently a drug user, and frequently had drug tests.

He was brought to the Wood County Holding Center Sunday on a home confinement violation, before being transferred to the regional jail in Doddridge County. State corrections officials told us Wednesday he died of a drug overdose after being brought to the North Central Regional Jail around 1 A.M. Monday.

"My mom talked to him at 10 (P.M.), and he was fine, everything was fine," Small says. So he gets transported from (the holding center) to the regional (jail), and there are just so many unanswered questions."

She told us his mother was contacted by clergy a short time later, and told of his death. "He said (Logston) 'had a reaction'," Small said, but did not tell her the reason for that reaction.

Small and members of Logston's family believe something happened to him during the hours he was at the holding center.

West Virginia State Police are investigating the incident. They tell us Logston passed routine medical screening when he arrived in Doddridge County, and that there's nothing to indicate anything unusual happened while he was being transported.

State Police say there's "no real explanation" as to what happened.

"Somebody should have noticed there was a red flag somewhere," Small claims. "If he had a reaction to something, someone is going to notice that, and they should have sought medical treatment for him."

Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens says, because of the ongoing State Police investigation, he could not comment on the incident.

Law enforcement investigators are awaiting toxicology reports, and that, they say, could take some time to be completed.


State officials are investigating after a Wood County man's death from an apparent drug overdose at the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County.

Brandon Logston, 24, of Parkersburg died early Monday morning after being taken to the jail about 1 a.m., according to spokesman for the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, which oversees the state's regional jails.

The spokesman says an on-call doctor from an area hospital was consulted after Logston suffered a "medical episode that appeared to be related to a drug overdose."

The spokesman says Logston was being held in the jail's booking area at the time. He was pronounced dead at the jail.

The spokesman says he was only at the jail for a couple of hours.

Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens says Logston was taken to the jail after his arrest on Sunday for an alleged home-confinement violation.

According to Wood County Magistrate Court Records, Logston had been facing drug and fleeing charges in Wood County Circuit Court.

The state's Regional Jail Authority is conducting an internal review of Logston's death. The West Virginia State Police is also involved in the investigation.