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Inmate at Rutherford County Jail dies after fall

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Wayne Brothers died after falling from a bunk at the Rutherford County Detention Center. (Source: Rutherford County Sheriff's Office) Wayne Brothers died after falling from a bunk at the Rutherford County Detention Center. (Source: Rutherford County Sheriff's Office)
MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

A third inmate at the Rutherford County jail has died since the beginning of this year.

Officials said the first two deaths this year were suicides. They happened just weeks apart.

A third inmate, Wayne Brothers, died on April 5. Autopsy results are pending.

Officials said it appears a fall from his bunk led to Brothers’ death.

It was his second fall in a matter of days. The first fall happened on March 25.

According to an internal investigation by the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office, Brothers appeared to be sleeping when he stood up and fell forward. He was checked out by medical staff and treated.

The second fall on March 29 may have been what led to his death.

According to video from inside the cell, Brothers fell at 5:14 a.m. Three minutes later, his roommate called for help. An officer checked on the inmate four minutes later.

Rutherford County jail officials said Brothers initially refused medical help, but audio is unavailable on the surveillance footage.

Brothers ate breakfast at 5:55 a.m. He was checked out by medical staff at 6:49 a.m., and taken to the ER at 8:57 a.m. He then went to the hospital at 12:14 p.m. 

The incident spanned a total of six hours and three minutes. Brothers died at the hospital seven days later.

No one from Brother's family wanted to go on camera, but they sent Channel 4 a picture of Brother before he died, asking us to investigate.

Channel 4 showed that picture to Rutherford County officials.

“I am not a doctor or medical person by any means, but from what we observed on the tapes and those two falls, that's what we believed happened,” said spokeswoman Lisa Marchesoni.

Marchesoni said after the first fall, staff did everything they could to prevent Brothers from getting hurt again.

“Mr. Brothers was housed in a medical pod where he received closer attention than he would have had had he been in a normal cell,” Marchesoni said.

This is the third death at the jail in four months. Two inmates committed suicide earlier this year.

The Rutherford County jail has 906 inmates.

The Sumner County Jail has 685 inmates. Montgomery County has 517 inmates. Williamson County has 364 inmates. None of those three jails has had an inmate death this year.

"It's unusual and it is unfortunate, but we try our best to monitor our inmates and keep them safe,” Marchesoni said.

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