ASO and FDLE launch investigations after inmate death


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Sheriff Clovis Watson, Jr., released a statement this morning regarding a death at the Alachua County Jail:

“Yesterday, Marcus Goodman was pronounced deceased at the hospital after suffering a medical emergency at the Alachua County Department of the Jail. In the interest of transparency and to gather the facts, I requested the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) conduct the investigation as to what transpired. Our Office of Professional Standards will also complete an investigation to determine if policies and procedures were followed. As the Sheriff of Alachua County, my deepest condolences go to Mr. Goodman’s family.”  -Sheriff Clovis Watson, Jr.   

Goodman, who was 32 years old, was originally arrested in June 2021 for allegedly stealing tablets and other equipment from the Jiffy Lube on NW 13th Street. He was found incompetent to stand trial and committed to the North Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center. Goodman was transported back to the jail on January 20 and was found competent to stand trial in a hearing yesterday.

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