Origin Of Dead Inmate's Injuries Sought

Posted: September 03, 1989

The Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division is investigating the case of a 33-year-old man who died in a hospital after being sent there from Delaware County Prison.

Kevin Michael Kelly of the 100 block of Wilson Avenue in the Manoa section of Havertown died at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Riddle Memorial Hospital of head injuries, according to Walter Hurst, chief investigator from the county Medical Examiner's Office.

Kelly had been transferred to the hospital from Delaware County Prison in a coma on Aug. 19, according to Sgt. John Davidson of the Criminal Investigation Division's homicide unit. Kelly's family approved his removal from life- support systems about 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to Hurst.

"We are investigating his death, but we're really in the preliminary stages and have nothing to report as yet," Davidson said. "We may have more information in a few days."

Hurst said, "We are trying to learn the origin of the injuries. Sometime during the arrest and while in holding, he sustained the injuries. He does have a medical history of seizures that could account for the injuries. But there are too many conflicting stories right now."

A hospital spokeswoman said no death certificate had been issued. She said Kelly was admitted to the hospital with bruises and blood clots on the brain.

According to records in the Delaware County Office of Judicial Support and the warden's office at Delaware County Prison, Kelly was in prison as a result of a fugitive warrant, executed last month, because he failed to show up for a hearing on retail-theft charges filed in October.

He had been arrested at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the AM-PM Mini Market at Wycombe Avenue and MacDade Boulevard, Darby, and accused of not paying for boxes of cold medicine, mouthwash and cigarettes valued at a total of $19.31, according to court records.

According to a spokesman for the Delaware County Court system, Kelly had been in and out of prison on many charges, including drunken driving and violating probation, and it was unclear what charges other than retail theft were pending when he was sent to the prison on Aug. 18.

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