UPDATE: GBI Investigating Death of Man in Walton County Sheriff's Office Custody

Winder man died at Clearview Regional on Dec. 28.

Per GBI Region 11 Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jesse Maddox:
Update from GBI ASAC Jesse Maddox at 9:15 a.m. Jan. 4, 2013

On December 28, 2012, GBI Athens was requested to investigate a death of an inmate at the Walton County Jail.  ROBERT JASON HELTON, 39, of Winder, GA was pronounced dead at Clearview Regional Hospital in Monroe, GA.  HELTON was in custody for probation violation out of Barrow County.  The investigation will be pending the outcome of an autopsy that will be conducted at the GBI Crime Lab.  As of January 4, 2013, this investigation is pending further results from the GBI Crime Lab.

Officials with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed that the agency is investigating the death of a Winder resident while in the custody of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

According to GBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jesse Maddox, Robert Jason Helton, 39, died on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. A spokesperson with WCSO confirmed that Helton was being held in the Walton County Jail on charges in another county and was transported to Clearview Regional Medical Center before the other agency came to pick him up. 

No further details were available from either agency at this time. However, an update is expected from Maddox in the morning.

According to his obituary on the Carter Funeral Home website, Helton, who was born in Athens, leaves behind his parents and three sons.

CARMENIA TAYLOR January 13, 2013 at 10:26 AM
Got that right!!!!! My cousin died in the walton co work release a few years back. They could have saved his life.
Elizabeth Robertson Bagwell January 17, 2013 at 02:46 PM
***It's Been 20 Days Since Marlboro Passed Away & The G.B.I, The Walton County Sheriff's Office Or Any Other Agency Involved Has Released Any Information On The Cause Of Death Or What's Going 2 Be Done 2 Make Sure Jason Gets Justice***
D.C.P. February 08, 2013 at 05:54 PM
paula wright micheal savage, i know u did this n ur friends cant help. G.b.i. n i know. he left behind 3 sons so i hope u stop laughing n sleep is getting harder.EYES OPEN!
Kelli Flanigan March 17, 2013 at 03:36 PM
How many times do you have to be in jail for one crime?
Tara Mack June 06, 2013 at 11:33 PM
Walton County jail is a he'll hole and a throwback to the 17th century. My brother was thrown into isolation without any clothes, chair, cot or his meds that are required for him to live. My heart feels for anyone who has loved ones in this draconian dungeon of human rights violations. Instead of running to China, the USA needs to investigate this torture chamber


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