Inmate hangs self in Fayette jail


An inmate at the Fayette County Jail apparently hanged himself with a bed sheet while in his cell March 10. Riverdale resident Rodney Scott Tutton had been in jail since Feb. 19 on a charge of probation violation.

Sheriff’s spokesperson Brent Rowan said the 35 year-old Tutton was found unresponsive inside his cell with a sheet tied around his neck. The sheet was tied to the top bunk, Rowan said. Though he shared the cell with another inmate, Rowan said Tutton was alone in the cell when the incident occurred.

Rowan said jail staff performed CPR until they were relieved by Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services Personnel, who treated and transported Tutton to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on March 11.

In accordance with Georgia Law and the policies of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation has been turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, said Rowan.

Rowan said Tutton was arrested and brought to the Fayette County Jail on February 19 on a warrant for violating his probation for possession of methamphetamines.