Originally created 01/04/03

Prisoner hangs himself in Jefferson County jail



A Screven County man died Thursday after hanging himself in a holding cell at the Jefferson County jail with the draw-cord from his sweat shirt.

Christopher John Wayman, 20, of Newington, Ga., was pronounced dead at Louisville's Jefferson Hospital only hours after being arrested on burglary charges.

Paramedics were called to the jail at 5:50 p.m., according to Rural/Metro Director and Deputy Coroner Mike Bennett.

Mr. Bennett said the cause of death was asphyxiation. The body and the cord from the sweat shirt were sent to the state crime lab.

Mr. Wayman was arrested at 3:54 p.m. at a Wadley residence.Mr. Wayman had a .38-caliber handgun from the burglary, two 12-gauge shotguns and a laptop computer.

Mr. Wayman was taken into custody and transported to the jail. After arriving at 4:04 p.m., he was placed in a holding cell alone, according to Sheriff Gary Hutchins.

Mr. Wayman was checked by jailers three times between his arrival and when he was discovered hanging at 5:50 p.m., Sheriff Hutchins said.

Mr. Wayman was found suspended from a metal grate that covers a recessed fluorescent light fixture in the holding cell.