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Posted on: July 19, 2021

Shelby County Jail Inmate Death Investigation

Rhine Press Release

A Shelby County Jail inmate was transported to the hospital for a medical emergency, where he was later pronounced deceased. Read on...

Shelby County Jail Inmate Death Investigation


(COLUMBIANA, AL) On July 18th, 2021 at approximately 1:00 pm, the Montevallo Police Department arrested 28 year old Denzell Rhine on the charge of Failure to Appear, and he was transported to the Shelby County Jail. 

Following his arrest, at approximately 6:00 pm, while in the custody of the Shelby County Jail, Rhine experienced a medical emergency. Shelby County Jail staff immediately requested an ambulance, and Rhine was transported to the hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

Sheriff Samaniego has requested the Shelby County Major Crimes Task Force to conduct an investigation into the incident. This multi-jurisdictional Task Force is comprised of law enforcement officers from different agencies throughout Shelby County. The Sheriff, the District Attorney, and the County Coroner have requested an autopsy of Rhine, and these results are pending.  Captain Russell Bedsole, Commander of the Shelby County Jail Division, met with Mr. Rhine’s family following the tragic loss and Sheriff John Samaniego stated, “Any loss of life, regardless of the circumstances, is tragic and felt throughout our community.”

If you have any questions about this ongoing investigation, you may contact Sgt. Jordan with the Shelby County Major Crimes Task Force at 205-620-6440.

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