Underwear murder case in Jessamine County moves forward

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JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A man charged with murdering a Kentucky inmate with a pair of underwear went before a judge. A Kentucky State Police detective testified in court about his investigation into the death of Corey McQueary.

Michael Jones, 55, was in Jessamine County District Court on Tuesday morning for his preliminary hearing. He's charged with murder after another inmate at the Jessamine County Detention Center died of a suspected overdose.

Investigators say Jones and McQueary were cell mates. Jones left the jail on furlough in August. When he came back, they say he wore methadone-soaked underwear back into the jail, tore it up, and gave pieces to five of his cellmates, including McQueary.

"Basically he was ripping the underwear up and the inmates in the cells were actually chewing on the underwear," said Detective Rodney Wren, with Kentucky State Police. "And sucking the methadone out of the material."

McQueary died just five days after, and state police suspect his cause of death was an overdose. However, no official cause of death has been determined.

"There was no other obvious cause of death. He had no other medical issues other than that. We're waiting on the toxicology from that, but it is a suspected overdose," said Detective Wren as he testified in court.

Jones is charged with murder, possession of a controlled substance, and promoting contraband.

The detective says Jones also tested positive for methadone.

A grand jury will now hear this murder case.

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