Inmate Marshall Stewart IV dies of apparent heart attack suffered at Shawnee County Jail

Tim Hrenchir
Topeka Capital-Journal
A Shawnee County Jail inmate died Thursday after having an apparent heart attack at the jail, shown here.

A 38-year-old male inmate facing a murder charge died of an apparent heart attack Thursday after being taken from the Shawnee County Jail to a Topeka hospital, an official said.

Inmate Marshall Stewart IV was pronounced dead at 5:35 p.m., said Maj. Tim Phelps, of the Shawnee County Department of Corrections.

The county corrections department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation were investigating, he said.

A medical emergency was reported when Stewart was found about 4:40 p.m. Thursday on the floor in apparent medical distress in a dayroom, or communal living room, of a general population module at the jail, Phelps said.

Stewart faced charges of a misdemeanor probation violation and one felony count each of intentional second-degree murder and the possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, he said.

The latter two charges are linked to the death of Bradley Bellinder, 51, whom Topeka police found to be suffering from multiple gunshot wounds late June 24 after they were called to the house where Bellinder and Stewart lived at 1214 N.W. Polk, said Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay.

Topeka Capital-Journal archives show Stewart served prison time after he pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and aggravated battery in the December 2011 shooting death of Stephen Coen, 29, and wounding of Oliver Evans, then 21.

The two were found in a vehicle after it struck a tree in the Meadowood mobile home community at 1900 N.W. Lyman.

Prosecutors said Coen and Evans were shot when Stewart used a pistol-grip shotgun to ambush several men approaching his home.

Stewart said he fired the shots in defense of a friend, who was the target of five men who intended to either collect a $200 debt from him or beat him.