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Butler County inmate's death ruled suicide

Feb 13, 2013 -- 9:42am


Daily American Republic

An autopsy showed no signs of foul play in the death of a Butler County Jail inmate who was found hanged Sunday. Butler County Coroner Jim Akers says an autopsy completed Monday in Farmington, ruled out any signs of foul play in the death of 48-year old Timothy Martin Lee of De Soto. Lee was found hanging from an affixed shower curtain rod in an isolation area of the jail at about 10 pm. According to earlier reports, Lee was the only inmate being housed in the area for medical reasons making him ineligible to be in the jail's general population. Correction officers found Lee -- who reportedly hanged himself with a T-shirt -- as they were making their checks before lock down. Lee's cause of death was "asphyxiation due to hanging" and the manner of death was suicide. Toxicology analysis could take up to eight weeks. At the time of his death, Lee had been in the Butler County Jail since Feb. 3 when his bond was revoked on a Butler County warrant for driving while intoxicated. He was also being held on a bench warrant out of Ballard County, Ky. 

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