Grand Jury Rules No Misconduct in Gage County Jail Inmate Death

Published Tuesday, July 15, 2014 5:59 pm
by Doug Kennedy, KWBE

A Gage County District Court Grand Jury has found no criminal conduct that caused or contributed to the death of a Gage County Jail inmate, found unresponsive in his jail cell last February.

The panel was convened Tuesday morning to investigate the February 15th death of 26-year-old Adam Wolken.  The grand jury reached its decision in the afternoon.  Johnson County Attorney Julie Smith and Assistant Nebraska Attorney General George Welch were special prosecutors in the case.

Wolken had been arrested in the early morning hours of February 13th, following a standoff with a law enforcement SWAT team at the Travelers Lodge Motel in north Beatrice.  Wolken had held two women and a 20-month old child against their will.   He released one of the women and the child and the other woman were able to escape.  Wolken surrendered at about 2:30 a-m, with officers recovering a loaded AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and one handgun. They later searched Wolken’s Beatrice home at 6th and Logan, turning up more weapons. 

Police officers were summoned to the Gage County Jail just before four a-m Saturday, February 15th.  Efforts were made by law officers and paramedics to revive Wolken, but were unsuccessful.   He was pronounced dead at the jail.  The manner of his death was not disclosed.