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Man Found Dead in Decatur City Jail

Photo Courtesy: Decatur Police

Photo Courtesy: Decatur Police

DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Decatur City Jail corrections officers found a man dead in a jail cell early Sunday morning.

Decatur Police arrested Marty Earl Whisman and his daughter late Saturday night. They charged them both with public intoxication. Police also charged Whisman with resisting his daughter’s arrest. Officials transported Whisman and his daughter to the Decatur City Jail.

According to an incident report, corrections officers served breakfast at 5:00 a.m. Sunday morning. The officers say Whisman did not get up to take a tray. Corrections officers entered the cell and found Whisman lying on his mat, unresponsive.

Decatur Police say the officers immediately began CPR and called for assistance. Decatur Fire & Rescue and First Response arrived and took Whisman to Decatur Morgan Hospital. Emergency room doctor’s pronounced Whisman dead shortly after.

According to relatives, Whisman had a history of heart problems and suffered a heart attack in 2012.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation has been called and will be reviewing the incident. The Alabama Department of Forensic Science will preform an autopsy.

49 comments

  • Michael

    There’s definitely something not being said here by the police. I think we definitely need to look at what measures they used to arrest him and what care, if any, was given to him once he got to the station.

    • Michael

      True, and here’s my guess. He was arrested outside Geno’s Pub in Decatur around 2:00 am. I don’t know Geno’s exact hours but a lot of bars in the area close at 2:00 am. So my guess is Geno’s closed and it was time for them to leave and venture into the public, drunk or not.

  • Huntsville

    You people have no heart!! Same ones always posting negative comments. Regardless of the who, what, when, where and why’s , someone has lost their life here! That someone was special to somebody Jerks!

  • Dazed an Confused

    This story does not say they were in Geno’s parking lot.. but even if they were he died in DPD custody right? And this is not the first inmate to die while under arrest in Decatur city jail SO maybe its past time for the city jail be checked out and investigated as to why these deaths?

  • Dazed an Confused

    If you hadn’t mentioned it and gave me the website i never would have known in the parking lot there..not that it matters where he was arrested I guess. While my condolences go to this family it still makes me question the quality of care the police department is “REALLY” giving or NOT giving its inmates?

  • anurse

    Wait a minute!!! DCJ can only do so much, if you choose to drink and do drugs knowing you have health issues than you are playing with a loaded gun. People wake up, as long as drugs are on the streets people are going to die, and what an influence this man was to his daughter, got arrested with her!!!! Really, what a great, outstanding citizen is he!!!

    • Michael

      That’s what we need to know. Even though the DCP can only do so much, did they do everything in their power to help this man? He died in their custody, that warrants an investigation. It doesn’t mean they’re guilty of anything just because they’re investigated. I haven’t seen anywhere that drugs were involved, so no need to go there. It’s always going to be on the street like it or not. Unless you’ve had a son or daughter arrested in front of you I don’t see how you can know what was going through this man’s mind at that particular moment.

  • jamison jones

    Nurse! hold up.Have you looked at yourself in the mirror lately? you sound like an immortal jerk. People don’t necessarily die from drugs and alcohol. i know alcoholics and junkies who are 80+ years and are doing well.

  • Ralph Connor Jr

    DPD was still complacent in that they aren’t worried about one’s health history when they are taken into custody. They made the mistake most likely of assuming he was just sleeping off his drunk. You can’t take someone under your care and not do your due diligence to protect their health and welfare. If someone from his family had been contacted soon after he was taken into custody and asked a standard set of questions which should have included if there are any health risks they needed to be aware of, the police would have known he was at risk and should have had a protocol in place to deal with those needs. No matter what someone has done to earn their night in jail, they still have rights that are protected under law…

    • Maria Bonita

      He was arrested a lil after 2am. Found dead at 5am. He wasn’t in the cell long enough to be considered neglected. By the time he was transported, and booked, he had less than 3 hours in his cell. Even if they notified someone in his family, and that’s assuming they had contact information for someone sober enough to give a medical history, by the time the recorded his medical history, he could’ve already been dead. That’s like saying the city should’ve known he was going to die, and should’ve prevented it with their magic wand…. He should’ve taken better care of his own body and health, and not put himself in the stressful situation that triggered his heart attack in the first place. If he and his family were soconcerned about his health at the time of his arrest., why were they fighting with him, and him with them? Some people just feel the need to find someone to blame.

      • on the scene

        Several people including him told the officers that he had a heart condition and had a heart attack 2 yrs ago. They also left out that they threatened to taze him if he did not get into the police car whilehe was trying to tell his fiance who to call

  • Reality

    Sympathy goes out to his Family. But the Reality here is the Possibility of an Innocent Life was Saved by the DPD doing their Job by Keeping Intoxicated People OFF the Streets! Think about It…..

  • jamison jones

    Reality? Thats some reality! ;’he had to die so others could live’. wow how about you say a little prayer for his soul?

  • MADaboutIt

    Lord Thank You for another Night of Law Enforement keeping the Drunk Drivers Off the Streets (Intoxicated) and My Child making it Home Safe!

  • jamison jones

    madaboutit…….I predict this to you. You won’t be killed by drunk driver or a drunk for that matter. It will be someone in your family and who is not a drunk.

  • Samantha

    Wait a minute…I know this man and his daughter was of legal age to be out with him. He has been known to drink and get a little a wild, but he didn’t do drugs. He was a hard working man and great friend to myself and my husband. Please hold your judgement on him. Say a prayer because he did leave behind a blood family and work family that will miss him.

  • jamison jones

    fair enough, samantha. At least someone has the guts to say some thing nice about somebody,even when they are dead gone , regardless of their indiscretions

  • Maria Bonita

    I will say I broke up a fight between the two of them just before the police were called. He was choking her and trying to get her into the car. They were both very drunk, and both very violent in nature at that moment. She hit my mother and knocked her down, so I, in my mother’s defense, fought her into a restrained position and had her apologize to my mother. She did apologize, so we left. Her father was trying to fight with my boyfriend as we were all leaving. A little bit after we left the police arrived and took them into custody. They were both very very intoxicated and both very worked up. I’m pretty sure he would’ve had that heart attack even if he passed out at home instead of the jail, and wouldn’t have received medical attention any faster at home. Don’t want to die in jail, stay out of jail.

    • Aggravated

      easy to speak ill of the dead isn’t it? God help you never lose family this way but if you do I hope some one just as hateful makes ugly remarks so you will know just how it feels.

    • Aggravated

      everything you just said is a lie and you need to contact the bar manager and if you wish to spread lies you are no longer welcome at Geno’s

      • Maria Bonita

        I’ve not said anything false. I’m not sure who you are aggravated, but unless you were outside with us, you need to hush. If I’m not welcome somewhere because I spoke the truth and didn’t sugar coat it for the deceased, then I don’t need to be there in the first place. I love my friends at Genos, but I’m not gonna lie about that night to make anyone feel better.

      • aggravated

        As I said before you need to call the manager at Geno’s.You may also be interested to know that the ones your lying about are related to me and we have other witnesses there.

  • Maria Bonita

    Also, I didn’t know either of them before that night. They were both very pleasant company inside the bar. As far as what sparked the fighting, I don’t know. I happened upon them in the parking lot when she was yelling for him to stop choking her, and a correction, he was trying to get her into a truck, not a car.

  • Maria Bonita

    I don’t care who you are related to, its not going to change what I know happened. Your witnesses weren’t outside trying to help her when he was choking her out. As I said before, I don’t know them from a hole in the ground, but she was in distress and I was trying to help. She apologized for hitting my mom and knocking her down. At that point I was done, got my family in my car and left…. You can argue till your fingers bleed on your keyboard, but its not going to change what happened.

    • aggravated

      Not arguing dear and I know for a fact you were in no shape to do anything that night so stop trying to make out like your a saint and learn to have respect for people’s feelings.Stop posting crappy that is upsetting to his family

    • on the scene

      He did not choke her. She was lying, trying to get sympathy, being over dramatic. But that did not stop her from choking her mom in front of everyone in the bar

  • Maria Bonita

    I’m not trying to act like a saint. Hello I was in the bar too and had a few drinks myself, but I was in fine shape. My mother was the one that was partying hard celebrating her birthday. I am sorry for his family, but it is what it is…

  • on the scene

    You lied and said you knew her trying to take her home. God sees all and the devil is playing for you

      • Maria Bonita

        Both of you have issues and need to learn to read if you guys thought I was saying that I knew her… Because I have said several times that I don’t know her or her father. If trying to help and be honest is the devil playing for me, then I’ll take that over you dishonesty and denial being overseen by your god any day. They chose to fight, and resist arrest, and got arrested as they deserved. Its unfortunate his life ended in jail, but he was there for consequences due to his chosen actions. The End. God help all of you, because I sure wouldn’t try to anymore….

    • Maria Bonita

      @on the scene… I never said I knew her, but I do believe I have said several times that I don’t know them… Read my comments before saying I’m lying…. I was still outside with her father when her and her mother got into a fight inside. I was trying to get him to calm down. He had his hands around her throat against his truck when I heard them and walked over. I got him to let her go, she fell getting away, then got up and ran around the express oil change building next door. As she came back to the Genos side of the building, I told her to go back inside. She said she was going to go with her mom. They had Pam on the phone. Jenny went back inside the bar, and I stayed outside trying to calm her father down. He was calming down and asking for something to drink. Last call has passed, so I couldn’t get him anything. That’s when Jenny and her mother were fighting, and came to the parking lot. On their way to the back of the building, she hit my mother and knocked her over. Her husband was helping her up, and went to get her and make her apologize. After a bit of struggling, I got her over to my motjee where she apologized. As I was getting my mother and her husband to my car, her father was puffing up to my boyfriend asking him if he thought he was bad. I wrapped my arms around my boyfriend from behind, and turned infront of him told him to get in the car. I got my father in my car as well and left his truck there. After I had everyone safe at home and at waffle house, me and my boyfriend went back to get my father’s truck home before we left Decatur. What happened inside between her and her mother, I don’t know the details first hand, because I was outside trying to get her father to calm down. I’m sure in an everyday environment they are/were great people. That night was very F’ed up, and got way out of hand. I can’t imagine how the Jenny girl is feeling, or what she and her family are going thru, and I have said several prayers for peace in her and her families hearts, but I am not going to lie about what I know happened outside. Even if I’m shunned from Genos for life over it. I enjoy having a good time there, but I am who I am, and I’m not going to bend or disguise the facts because one of the parties involved lost his life. My heart goes out to that family, and I hope they can find peace in their lives after such a tragedy. I’m unsubscribing to this post, because I don’t want anymore to do with this outrageous display of dishonesty and denial.

  • Jon

    Yes lets all fight like little highschool kids. BTW it is not goin to change what happened. Obviously when you drink your mind and body are altered. Therefore what one remembers versus another could be how their body perceived it. My greatest sympothy goes out to the family. No one deserves to go out like that. Obviously he did something wrong. WE ALL DO. So blaming him is stupid seeing as we all make mistakes. Pray for his family. Pray for the DCPD that answers come quick and that no foul doings happened. Relax and thank God that you have another day. Waking up is not promised. You were blessed by having the ability to do that this morning and this is how you spend it? Fighting like little school kids. Grow up!!! Show some respect. No matter what happened a child no matter their age lost a dad no matter if he was drunk in front of her or not. A woman lost a loved one. Do you know what caused him to drink? Millions of things could be the underlying root. does it make someone bad for it? NO!!!! I have said what I felt I needed to. May he rest in Peace and God be with his friends and family as they go thru this.

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