Prison Death Likely Natural Causes, But Grand Jury Still Needed

A grand jury will be called to investigate the death of an inmate at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln, but officials say health issues were likely the cause of 44-year-old Oddie Granger’s death on Wednesday.

State law requires a grand jury investigation any time a person dies in police or prison custody and Dept of Correctional Services spokeswoman Laura Strimple says while the cause of Granger’s death has not been determined, he was being treated for an undisclosed medical condition.

Granger was a little over a year into a 5-1/2 year sentence on three felony DUI counts.