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Proctor calls Floyd County Jail death a homicide

Update: A Floyd County Jail inmate found dead early Wednesday was apparently beaten to death, Deputy Coroner Gene Proctor said.

He confirmed the death is being treated as a homicide. The victim suffered trauma to the head, Proctor said.

Stephen Rudolph Nalley, 49, was pronounced dead in his cell at the jail at 3:15 a.m., Proctor said.

“Sheriff (Tim) Burkhalter was notified of the inmate death and immediately notified the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The GBI arrived at the Floyd County Jail shortly after 4:30 a.m. to begin the investigation,” said Chief Deputy Tom Caldwell.

It is standard procedure for the GBI to investigate the death of someone in custody.

Nalley had been at the jail since Aug. 12 on burglary and aggravated stalking charges as well as a Superior Court order to serve 7 months and 27 days in the county jail.

Nalley was being housed in the O-Block at the Jail.

Caldwell said all inmate custody deaths require a full investigation by an outside agency.

Proctor said Nalley’s body has been sent to the GBI Crime Lab for autopsy.

This is the second recent death of a Floyd County Jail inmate. No foul play is suspected in the July 31 death of Kristi Michelle Parmer, 47, who died at Floyd Medical Center a day after she was sent to the hospital.

Update: A jail inmate who was pronounced dead this morning was beaten to death, according to Deputy Coroner Gene Proctor. Stephen Rudolph Nalley, 49, was pronounced dead at 3:15 a.m., according to Proctor. He said Nalley suffered head trauma.

He said the death is being treated as a homicide.

Previously posted: The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office is announcing that an inmate at the Floyd County Jail was pronounced dead at approximately 3:15 a.m. by Deputy Floyd County Coroner Gene Proctor.

Stephen Rudolph Nalley, 49, had been incarcerated in The Floyd County Jail since August 12, 2015 on charges of burglary, aggravated stalking and a Superior Court order to serve 7 months and 27 days in The Floyd County Jail. Nalley was being housed in the O-Block at the Jail.

“Sheriff Burkhalter was notified of the inmate death and immediately notified The Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The GBI arrived at the Floyd County Jail shortly after 4:30 a.m. to begin the investigation.” According to Chief Deputy Tom Caldwell.

In accordance with Floyd County Sheriff’s Office Policy and Georgia State Law, all inmate custody deaths require a full investigation by an outside agency.

Floyd County Coroner Barry Henderson was notified of the death at approximately 6 a.m.

This is the second death of an inmate in custody recently. No foul play is suspected in the death of a Kristi Michelle Parmer, 47, who died at Floyd Medical Center on Friday, a day after she was sent to the hospital, Deputy Coroner Ernie Studard said. She was  pronounced dead at the hospital at 4:16 p.m. on July 31 and died of natural causes, according to Studard.