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Floyd jail inmate's death called a suspected suicide, 2nd death in less than month

A Floyd County Jail inmate was found hanging in his cell Tuesday in a suspected suicide, according to Deputy Carrie Edge, public information officer for the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office.

Robert Lee Maner, 45, was booked into the jail on Feb. 10 on charges of methamphetamine possession, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

Jail staff found him alone after lockdown roll call in his assigned cell Tuesday, the release states.

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He was pronounced dead around 1:26 a.m. Tuesday by Deputy Coroner Ernie Studard. Maner’s body has been sent to the GBI crime lab for an autopsy, Studard said.

The GBI is investigating the incident, Chief Deputy Tom Caldwell said in the release.

Maner’s death is the second inmate death at the jail in less than a month. Ashley Louise McEarchern, 30, of 1034 Lovell Road, was found dead in her cell Jan. 28.

A press release from the sheriff’s office said McEarchern died from natural causes. Deputy Coroner Gene Proctor said in an earlier interview that he didn’t see anything suspicious in her death.

Her death is still under investigation by the GBI, according to Special Agent Greg Ramey.

Two other jail inmates have died in the past year. Stephen Rudolph Nalley was found dead in his jail cell on the morning of Aug. 26. He was apparently beaten to death, according to earlier reports.

Denver F. Allen, 30, of 15 Webb Drive in Cartersville, was charged the following day with the murder of Nalley. He was indicted on Nov. 20.

Both men were housed in the jail’s O-Block, where inmates with mental health issues are typically kept, according to an earlier statement by Edge.

No foul play was suspected in the death of Kristi Michelle Parmer, 47, on July 31. She died of natural causes at Floyd Medical Center a day after she was sent to the hospital, earlier reports stated.

 

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