Inmate found dead at Lee County Detention Facility

A 27-year-old male inmate was found dead Thursday morning in the Lee County Detention Facility in Opelika, Ala.

According to an official report, the inmate, whose name has not been released, was discovered unresponsive in the booking area around 8:38 a.m.

Upon the discovery, correctional staff and other law enforcement officials immediately began life-saving measures.

EMS responded to the scene and determined that the inmate had no vital signs of life.

A Lee County Deputy Coroner also responded to the facility and pronounced the inmate dead at approximately 9:10 a.m.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office has turned the case over to the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.

The preliminary investigation suggests the individual took his life by using a sheet to hang himself inside of his holding cell.

There were no other inmates in the cell with this individual at the time of this incident.

The inmate has been in the facility since Tuesday after being arrested by the Opelika Police Department on charges of domestic violence second degree, rape in the first degree, sodomy in the first degree, kidnapping in the first degree, assault in the second degree and a bond had been set in these cases at $215,000.

The inmate’s body will be sent to the State Medical Examiner’s office in Montgomery for a post mortem examination as a part of the death investigation.

Larry Gierer: 706-571-8581, @lagierer