UPDATE: Crawford County Coroner arrested for violating oath of office

ROBERTA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Crawford County Coroner Allen O’Neal has been taken into custody and is facing a felony charge after he failed to respond Saturday when someone died in Crawford County.

According to the GBI, O’Neal turned himself into authorities at the Crawford County Jail around 9:30 Friday morning. Sheriff Lewis Walker says O’Neal was taken to a local hospital after he complained of chest pains.

“He was taken into the booking area and that’s where that took place at,” continues Sheriff Walker.

O’Neal was released from Peach County hospital Friday and complained of chest pains again.

“He was taken again to a nearby hospital,” confirms GBI Special Agent J.T. Ricketson. “I don’t know if was taken back to Peach County hospital.” 

We’re told the arrest stems from a May 2nd incident when the coroner failed to show up to a man’s death in Crawford County. The unidentified man died of natural causes.  O’Neal also fired Deputy Chief Coroner Kint Winslet because O’Neal warned him not to respond to any death calls. Winslet also signed the man’s death certificate. 

“O’Neal wasn’t going to respond unless somebody picked him up,” says the GBI Special Agent.

Ricketson said he does not know if Winslet has been reinstated or who is running the Crawford County Coroner’s Office since O’Neal’s arrest on Friday.

“That’s a Crawford County personnel issue,” adds Ricketson.

O’Neal will have a bond hearing Monday morning at 9:00 in Crawford County Magistrate Court.

O’Neal recently said he was disappointed after a judge ruled against him in a case where he requested more resources for his office. At the time, he said he would  not use his personal truck when he responds to some calls. 

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