Sheriff: 19-year-old Mooresville woman dies in Statesville detention center

Published 5:33 pm Friday, April 15, 2022

STATESVILLE (AP) — A 19-year-old woman who was facing a murder charge was found dead inside the Iredell County Detention Center in Statesville, according to the sheriff.

The facility’s staff found Jessica Cheyenne Nichols early Thursday morning in an observance room where she was being housed, Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell told the Statesville Record & Landmark. An autopsy has been scheduled.

Officials have reviewed the video and found there were no incidents between Nichols and jail staff, Campbell said.
One other woman was in the observation area, which was under 24-hour surveillance, he said.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation will investigate, according to standard protocol.
Nichols, of Mooresville, had been in custody since mid-August in connection with the death of 23-year-old Jacob Dean Koury, Cornelius.