Homeless man died in jail hours after being arrested


Steven Craig Brogan

By Joe Johnson

A homeless man died Tuesday at the Athens-Clarke County Jail less than 12 hours after he was arrested for felony probation violations.

According to the jail’s website, 52-year-old Steven Craig Brogan was booked into the detention facility at 5:40 p.m. Monday for alleged probation violations stemming from convictions for aggravated stalking and making terroristic threats or acts.

He was found unresponsive in his cell shortly after 5 a.m. Tuesday, according to Sheriff John Q. Williams, who said jail and medical staff immediately began life saving efforts while emergency responders prior to the arrival of EM personnel, who transported Brogan to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Williams said there were no signs of foul play, and county Coroner Sonny Wilson said the cause of Brogan’s death was most likely medically-related.

“He had a significant medical history,” Wilson said of the man who gave as his address a North Avenue location for homeless services.

The coroner said that a sister of Brogan’s was located in Social Circle.

The Georgia Bureau Investigation is looking into Brogan’s death, as it does for all in-custody deaths, and an autopsy at the agency’s State Crime Lab will likely determine the definitive cause of death.

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