MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – There has been yet another incident inside the Rutherford County jail. This time a female inmate jumped from the second floor of a pod of cells.
Inmate Beverly Butler is seen on jailhouse video pacing on the second floor inside the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center annex.
She and another female inmate had been let out of their cell to take a shower just before 10 a.m. on May 11.
Also in the video is a woman sitting at a table below, a jail trustee who was logging in a new inmate in the fact sheet book.
Sheriff’s officials said the table is slightly underneath the walkway, so the woman can’t see above.
Butler is then seen rolling up the legs of her jail uniform and climbing onto the railing before jumping moments later.
She lands feet first and then falls onto her back.
The trustee looked up and saw the fall, checked on Butler, and then called medical staff, who took over.
Butler was transported to the hospital. She was in jail on a DUI charge out of Smyrna that she got on Nov. 6, 2015. She has since been released.
Rutherford County jail officials are trying to figure out why she jumped. Was she attempting suicide or purposely trying to injure herself?
Those are questions that are yet to be answered.
News 2 went to Butler’s home Friday to find out why.
She said she couldn’t comment and she would have to talk to her attorney. Butler did say, however, that she broke her back in two places and had to undergo a six-hour surgery.
This is just the latest major incident to happen at the jail this year.
Back in April, an inmate fell twice in his cell, hitting his head and later dying at the hospital.
Two other inmates died earlier this year, both suicides, one with a bed sheet the other with a phone cord.
Sheriff’s officials say, “We cannot discuss this action at this time.”
In light of the earlier incidents, Sheriff Robert Arnold terminated jail administrator Tommy Thompson, and the phone cords in the holding cells were shortened.
A deputy was able to prevent another suicide on April 2 when he noticed an inmate had covered up his cell window and he intervened.