2 inmates die within 1 week at Rutherford County Jail

(Courtesy: Rutherford County Jail)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) — For the second time this week, an inmate was found dead from hanging himself in Rutherford County jail.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Michael Murray, 54, was found hanging in his cell on Saturday just six days after another inmate hung himself in the same jail.

Officials found Murray unresponsive and he was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold said “We extend our heart-felt sympathy to the inmate’s family, they are in our prayers.”

Murray was serving time for three counts of sexual battery by authority figure and solicitation for aggravated sexual battery.

News 2 asked the TBI if anything would be done at the jail to prevent future suicides.

Josh Devine, Public Information Officer for the TBI, said, “Our investigation is solely focused on the circumstances surrounding [these inmate’s’ deaths]. Our investigation is not into the practices or the policies in place in Rutherford County. Those types of issues and those types of questions would have to be addressed by the Sheriff’s Office.”

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office declined to answer any of News 2’s questions about the suicides.

Agents with the TBI are investigating.

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