BUTTE, Mont. — A coroner’s jury has determined that a western Montana jail was not negligent when an inmate hanged himself.

The Montana Standard reports https://goo.gl/WeMSUQ jurors handed down their ruling Thursday in the Jan. 8 death of 24-year-old Zachary Williams at the Anaconda-Deer Lodge jail. Williams was facing a trial on six counts of felony child abuse.

A detention officer found him kneeling in his cell with a bed sheet wound into a rope and tied around his neck. The other end of the sheet was tied to a 3-foot-high (1-meter-high) handicap railing.

It’s standard procedure to convene a coroner’s jury when an inmate dies in custody.


Information from: The Montana Standard, http://www.mtstandard.com

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