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Second Oklahoma County jail inmate with virus dies

A second Oklahoma County jail inmate has died at a hospital after testing positive for COVID-19.

Roosevelt Larry Knox, 65, of Oklahoma City, was hospitalized Friday and was being treated for a number of health conditions, The Oklahoman was told.

He died early Wednesday after signing a do-not-resuscitate form.

Knox had a lengthy criminal record and did prison time for drug and theft-related offenses. He was charged last year with assault and battery upon an emergency medical care provider. He was jailed on the charge in October and released in January on bail.

He was jailed again July 24 for failing to appear for a court hearing, records show. He was accused in the felony charge of choking a nurse Aug. 15 at OU Medical Center while undergoing treatment there.

“Let it be known that Knox is a serial offender,” a police officer wrote in a court affidavit. “Over the course of my dealings with Knox, these instances of violence have only escalated from slightly pushing nurses away to now strangling them.”

More than 200 Oklahoma County jail inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 during an outbreak that has delayed jury trials and put stress on the trust operating the jail. The trust took over jail operations July 1 from the sheriff.

The first Oklahoma County jail inmate to die after testing positive for COVID-19 also had other medical issues.


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