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April 20, 2014

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Detention Center Inmate Hangs Himself

Originally published: 2014-02-03 10:58:32
Last modified: 2014-02-03 11:23:31
 


BY KEN LITTLE

STAFF WRITER

A Chuckey man took his own life Friday night while held in the Greene County Detention Center.

Michael Lynn Mercer, 47, of Williamson Road, apparently used a bedsheet to hang himself in a shower in one of the pod sections of the jail, according to Greene County Sheriff Steve Burns.

The incident happened about 10 p.m. Friday.

Mercer was among four men arrested Jan. 17 in connection with a meth lab found at his Chuckey address.

He was charged with promotion of methamphetamine.

Mercer was charged with committing the offense "by knowingly letting people use his garage knowing they intended to make meth," a report said.

His death remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Department's Criminal Investigation Division and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

"For the most part, the investigation is complete. We've still got some work to (do)," Burns said this morning.

Mercer also had a driving-under-the-influence-second-offense charge pending. His bond on the meth promotion offense was set at $10,000.

The death "occurred in a shower area where they're afforded some privacy," Burns said.

Mercer was pronounced dead "after an apparent case of self-strangulation by hanging," an earlier Sheriff's Department news release said.

Inmate deaths in the Greene County jail "are not a common occurrence," Burns said.

 
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