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Trelynn Wormley’s death at the Tarrant County Jail: What we know

Trelynn Wormley was found unresponsive in her cell Wednesday at 3:11 p.m., according to a news release from the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office.

FORT WORTH, Texas – A 23-year-old man died in custody at the Tarrant County Jail on Wednesday, but few details have been released and the man’s family is demanding answers from authorities.

Trelynn Wormley was found unresponsive in her cell Wednesday at 3:11 p.m., according to a news release from the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office.

Other inmates alerted jail officials about Wormley, who then “began receiving medical attention within seconds from JPS Medical Staff,” who worked at the jail.

Wormley was taken to JPS Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Wormley was booked into jail on Jan. 25 on charges of aggravated robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon and theft, officials said. He also faces charges of failure to identify himself by providing false information, fraudulent use of identity information and pressure on a public servant.

Additional information about Wormley’s death has not been released by the sheriff’s office.

His mother, Cassandra Johnson, held a news conference outside the jail on Friday and demanded more information about how her son died.

“I was fair to my son,” Johnson said.

Johnson said she had not been notified by the sheriff’s office about her son’s death; Instead, he found out by calling the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Johnson said his son suffered a brain injury after being shot in the head two years ago. He said he was trying to voice his concerns about his care in prison. On Tuesday, she said she spoke to her son on the phone and described him as “happy but in pain.”

“I like [the jail] to know why they didn’t hear my voice?” Johnson said. “Why did my son die in Tarrant County?”

Authorities said multiple agencies are investigating the death, including the sheriff’s office, Fort Worth police, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office, hospital officials and the Texas Jail Standards Commission.

The Tarrant County Jail has come under fire for its treatment of inmates in recent months.

In April, a woman with severe mental disabilities was hospitalized and put on a ventilator after spending 10 days in jail, her family told WFAA.

The Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Kelly Masten was being held in the county jail on assault charges from April 12 to April 21, and officials are investigating what happened while he was there.

Masten’s case comes on the heels of other scrutiny the prison has faced over inmate safety issues.

In the three years from 2016 to 2018, there were three deaths at the Tarrant County Jail. From 2019 to 2021, there were 36 prison deaths, according to data from an open records request.

Trelynn Wormley’s death at the Tarrant County Jail: What we know

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