Editor’s Note: Indian Country Today is continuing to pursue the facts in the death of Rexdale W. Henry, a 53-year-old Choctaw medicine man and activist who was found dead in his jail cell in Philadelphia, Miss., on the morning of July 14. Stay tuned for more reports:
Henry was arrested for failing to pay a minor traffic citation.
Henry was arrested on July 9 and held in Neshoba County Jail until his death.
According to the Jackson Free Press, he was last seen alive around 9:30 a.m. Correction officers at the facility found his body at 10 a.m.
Following funeral services on July 19 on the Bogue Chitto Reservation, Henry’s body was flown to Florida for an independent autopsy funded by anonymous donors.
The Mississippi Crime Laboratory in Jackson is conducting an autopsy, and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations is reportedly looking into the matter.
Henry was running as a tribal council candidate for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians prior to his arrest and served as a stickball coach in his community.
The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians has not released a statement on the death of Henry.
Last November, another inmate in Neshoba County jail died mysteriously in his cell – Michael MdCougle, 29, was found dead on the morning of November 2, 2014 after being arrested at 11 p.m. the night before when police responded to a burglary report. The autopsy reported a head injury and the presence of drugs.