Per GBI Region 11 Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jesse Maddox:
Update from GBI ASAC Jesse Maddox at 9:15 a.m. Jan. 4, 2013
On December 28, 2012, GBI Athens was requested to investigate a death of an inmate at the Walton County Jail. ROBERT JASON HELTON, 39, of Winder, GA was pronounced dead at Clearview Regional Hospital in Monroe, GA. HELTON was in custody for probation violation out of Barrow County. The investigation will be pending the outcome of an autopsy that will be conducted at the GBI Crime Lab. As of January 4, 2013, this investigation is pending further results from the GBI Crime Lab.
Officials with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed that the agency is investigating the death of a Winder resident while in the custody of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.
According to GBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jesse Maddox, Robert Jason Helton, 39, died on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. A spokesperson with WCSO confirmed that Helton was being held in the Walton County Jail on charges in another county and was transported to Clearview Regional Medical Center before the other agency came to pick him up.
No further details were available from either agency at this time. However, an update is expected from Maddox in the morning.
According to his obituary on the Carter Funeral Home website, Helton, who was born in Athens, leaves behind his parents and three sons.