CATEGORY: Crime

AUTHOR: GIBSON

ABERDEEN - A Monroe County Jail inmate died Tuesday night, apparently as the result a hanging.

Wardell Bailey, 55, of Smithville was found unresponsive in his cell at about 9:15 p.m., said Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Aberdeen-Monroe County Hospital.

Bailey, who was found by a jailer during an hourly inspection, had been booked into the Monroe County Jail at about 7 p.m. by Aberdeen police officers on a charge of driving under the influence-third offense, said Sheriff Ruble Maxey.

Bailey was alone in the cell.

Maxey refused to say what the inmate used to hang himself.

A jailer checked on Bailey at 8 p.m. during the hourly cell check, Maxey said. There had been no indication the man was a threat to himself.

Bailey's death is still under investigation by the Mississippi Highway Patrol, and the FBI has been notified according to established procedures, Maxey said.

Lowndes County Coroner Don Harris is assisting Gurley in the death investigation. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday in Jackson.

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