TBI: Corrections officers faked logs about checking inmate before he died

L to R: Gabriel Black, Ronald Reddish, and Timothy Boyd (Courtesy: TBI)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WKRN) – Three former Tennessee corrections officers are accused of falsifying records to show they checked on an inmate placed on suicide watch before he died.

An investigation led by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) resulted in the indictment of the three men on official misconduct charges.

Gabriel Black, Ronald Reddish, and Timothy Boyd turned themselves into the TBI early Friday morning. They are booked at the Bradley County jail on $15,000 bond.

The TBI says their investigation began on Sept. 18 after Ralph Nelms died while in custody.

According to a press release, Nelms had been placed on suicide watch, which requires additional staff to conduct and document periodic cell checks.

Officials say Black, Reddish, and Boyd never conducted those checks and falsified jail logs to say they were.

Each was indicted by the Bradley County Grand Jury this week. Black, 22, faces charges of official misconduct, tampering with evidence, and tampering with governmental records.

Reddish, 34, and Boyd, 35, with one count of official misconduct each.