Columbia County inmate dead

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009 10:51 AM
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Police found an inmate dead in the Columbia County Detention Center early this morning.

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Roger Allen Tyler

Roger Allen Tyler, 46, of the 4100 block of Old Waynesboro, was found at about 6 a.m. as detention officers served breakfast, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.

There were no signs of trauma or anything to suggest suicide or foul play, Columbia County Deputy Coroner Harriett Garrison said. An autopsy will likely be performed today at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Augusta, Mrs. Garrison said.

Mr. Tyler had been in the jail for 17 days for failure to appear and probation violations, Capt. Morris said. Everything appeared normal to detention officers when Mr. Tyler went to bed Wednesday night, Capt. Morris said.

The sheriff’s office is conducting an internal investigation, Capt. Morris said.

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Crazy Irish
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Crazy Irish 02/26/09 - 12:33 pm
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Save the trouble. It's saving

Save the trouble. It's saving us tax dollars.
17 days of feeding and housing and all of the perks prisoners get. Two in a week. Keep up the good work!!!

KingJames
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KingJames 02/26/09 - 12:53 pm
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If inmates get so many perks,

If inmates get so many perks, why aren't you trying to go to jail? Everything doesn't always come down to the almighty tax dollar. There was a life lost. Have some respect for the man's death even if you don't like how he lived.

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Riverman1 02/26/09 - 01:12 pm
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His family has my utmost

His family has my utmost sympathy.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 02/26/09 - 01:15 pm
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Such harsh comments Crazy.

Such harsh comments Crazy. This man may have committed a misdemeanor and nothing that warranted the death sentence. I understand the frustration of dealing with all of these criminals but your comment was not warranted.

tdp
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tdp 02/26/09 - 01:19 pm
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Hypocrites08............I

Hypocrites08............I have to say I agree with Crazy Irish. I doubt very seriously he was being held for "probation violations" for a misdemeanor. He has demonstrated that he cannot live by the rules of society and I think that society is now better off. Too much of our taxpayer dollars are wasted to house and feed criminals who have such little respect for society.

bree026
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bree026 02/26/09 - 01:38 pm
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my blessing goes out to the

my blessing goes out to the family, especially to the children if this young had any...................................

My_2nd
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My_2nd 02/26/09 - 01:46 pm
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god is just trying to keep

god is just trying to keep the inmate population down for us.

sprintman
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sprintman 02/26/09 - 01:53 pm
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Yeah im going to have to

Yeah im going to have to agree with tdp. They're not going to lock you up just for probation violations for a misdemeanor. It definitely was probation violations for a felonies.

sprintman
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sprintman 02/26/09 - 01:55 pm
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Columbia county wants to

Columbia county wants to build 2 new jails that will cost over 5 million dollars. If inmates keep winding up dead in their jails like in this case. Maybe they will only need to build one new jail instead of two.

Concerned Citizen
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Concerned Citizen 02/26/09 - 02:06 pm
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Someone has still lost their

Someone has still lost their life. It is not like he murdered anyone. I wonder why all the harsh comments because the shoe can easily be on the other foot. Please do not say you have no lawbreakers in your family because we all do whether we claim them or not.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 02/26/09 - 02:14 pm
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I agree with King James, this

I agree with King James, this is a man's life and whether we agree or like how he lived his life, it's still someone's son, brother, or father. None of us are perfect, although some may think they are, and I'll agree, I hate to pay for individuals who are in prison or jail but this is a fact of life. These individuals are still human beings and hopefully as a society we haven't sunk so low as to wish that all imperfect people were dead.

My_2nd
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My_2nd 02/26/09 - 02:48 pm
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why all the harsh comments

why all the harsh comments you ask? because people are fed up paying for stupid people. it doesn't matter why the person is/was in jail. the fact is they do not contribute to society at all if they can't stay out of jail/prison. drains on the world and nothing more. good riddance i say.

Mac
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Mac 02/26/09 - 03:07 pm
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None of you people

None of you people understand. That guy was doomed from the start. His intials were R.A.T. Do you know how long rats last incarcerated with criminals?

Sharky
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Sharky 02/26/09 - 03:13 pm
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Ummmm...when you have a

Ummmm...when you have a private for-profit company running misdemeanor probation yes you DO have people locked up for misdemeanor probation violations.

Damn sad the disregard you all have for human life....

RU4Real
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RU4Real 02/26/09 - 03:26 pm
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I do not care why he was

I do not care why he was locked. It should not be free room and board. Pay for your stay. Work to earn the money, or have a loved one pay it for you, but no free ride. If the prisons were self supporting, then the tax dollars we spend their could go to other things or be kept in the tax paper's pocket. I do not care what type of crime, nor do I care that he be given a trial. Before trial, either post bond and live on your own, or pay to stay. You are correct that this man's death is nothing to make fun of. He deserves respect and privacy in his death, he has paid the earthly due, and now must atone to God for his actions. But we as taxpapers should not have been burdened with his living expenses; he is the one that did the crime, he should pay to stay, no free time in jail at the taxpaper's expense. As for the comment that if jails are so much fun to stay in why would Crazy not go there, well if they are such bad places with harsh enviroments, why are the criminals still committing the crimes. The occupants of the jails are mostly repeat offenders. Sympathy to those that love Mr. Tyler, I do not mean to belittle your lose. I rant against the jails being free.

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reader54 02/26/09 - 03:50 pm
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I can't believe how some of

I can't believe how some of you people think. They can and will hold you for simply failing to appear ! You guys are only Guessing that it wasn't a misdemeanor and even if it was a felony,we all make mistakes.Wait til you find yourself or a loved one in this situation.Unbelievable! Tough guys? I doubt it ! Rest in peace Roger.

sprintman
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sprintman 02/26/09 - 04:01 pm
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reader54 please. Jails are

reader54 please. Jails are already overcrowded. Why would they waste their time locking him up. If it was simply apearing to show and probation violations for a misdemeanor.

My_2nd
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My_2nd 02/26/09 - 04:18 pm
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you will stay in jail until

you will stay in jail until the judge says you can leave. he most likely owed fines and was not going anywhere. some of these idiots actually think you should not be locked up for not going to court and violating your probation. morons!!!

Lakefront1
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Lakefront1 02/26/09 - 05:52 pm
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Reader54, you are right on

Reader54, you are right on target. No matter what the crime life is what matters. Since we're guessing about a lot of stuff, I wonder how many of the above writers are Christians. The Word of God teaches thtat we are to give people a second chance; the very reason why Christ died on the cross. Why can't we show the same compassion. There will always be those who need to be separated from society. However, society will always have to pick up their tabs so that our families can be protected from them. That's not going to change. What needs to change is people's attitudes.

Grateful Augustan
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Grateful Augustan 02/26/09 - 06:49 pm
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Spent six hours in columbia

Spent six hours in columbia county jail in 1990...................................................Felt like an eternity for me as well.....:O)

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 02/26/09 - 07:30 pm
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People are in jail in this

People are in jail in this area for probation violation misdemeanors and that includes Columbia County. I heard that his failure to appear was for a suspended license. A life was lost here and unless you know the complete circumstances there should be some concern for the prisoner and his family. Anyone in this town can go to jail. A kid could run out in front of your car and you could be jailed until your day in court. Does that make you a career criminal? And does it make your life worth any less than someone elses? I don't think so.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 02/26/09 - 07:32 pm
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It's real easy to give your

It's real easy to give your glib comments behind the annonimity of a blog. Try giving the notification to the prisoner's next of kin and see how glib you would be.

As It Is
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As It Is 02/26/09 - 08:28 pm
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Concerned, sorry but the shoe

Concerned, sorry but the shoe can not "easily" be on the other foot. Although I agree that loss of life is sad and certainly do not wish and untimely death upon anyone, I can also understand the frustration of the many law abiding hard working citizens whom even in troubled times don't turn to breaking the laws of our society. As a nation, we continue to enable our citizens to be non-productive even though they are producing off spring like it is going out of style. We enable our criminals to repeatedly commit violent crimes as well as fraud, theft, etc. with minimal punishment. They rarely take responsibility for their actions, pay back their debts to those they have wronged and are a blight and debt on our society. Everything may not be about tax dollars but it certainly should be about personal accountability and responsibility. Those who don't wish follow the basic rules of society don't deserve any luxury at all whatsoever to include weights, cable tv, etc. if they are behind bars. And, if they continue to break the law, they shouldn't be a part of our society at all because they are merely taking dollars that we could do something positive with such as education.

ListenAndLearn
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ListenAndLearn 02/26/09 - 09:01 pm
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My only comment is: until

My only comment is: until you've had a child in jail for whatever reason...you don't f'ing know. Sure hope the [filtered word]holes w/ all the comments raise perfect children. In the meantime...eat ch--and bark at the moon...Please, let me know if one of you loses a child to death or whatever else....I'll come pray with you and cry with you and not dare to say a harsh word at your loss. May God have the same mercy on your souls that he did on the man who died in jail.

concernmom
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concernmom 02/26/09 - 09:23 pm
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This is a real tragedy- one

This is a real tragedy- one should judge this man as the "crazy irish" comments did. Not one person can ever predict when they will end up on the other side of the jail cell wall. He was in there for probation violations, possibly very minor offenses...Do not judge this man, God rest his soul!!

Obamessiah
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Obamessiah 02/26/09 - 09:37 pm
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Look justus4! The cops also

Look justus4! The cops also kill white people!

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corgimom 02/26/09 - 10:40 pm
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Obamessiah, I thought the

Obamessiah, I thought the same thing! And it got reported by the non-minority media! But for all anyone knows, he may have died of natural causes, and he would've died no matter where he was at.

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 02/26/09 - 11:11 pm
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..Hundreds of 46yo men die in

..Hundreds of 46yo men die in their sleep ever year. He just happened to be in jail. When your number is up....its up! KingJames, InChristLove because you two are ultimate back sliders.. the lord is going to give you asbestos bodies to burn in for eternity. Enjoy your tormented time here on earth. Remember, the worst is yet to come.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 02/26/09 - 11:17 pm
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People die every day in jails

People die every day in jails across the country. Most die of "natural causes" meaning they die due to their way of life (drug use) or old age. Some die from suicide. Very few ever die from police abuse in the jail. Jails do not get the healthiest of persons in the first place. Have you seen what meth use and other lifestyle choices do to age and degrade bodily functions? If you saw the article in the AC the other day you saw what meth use can do to people over time. I think Obamessiah was being facetious because justus4 had things to say about cops killing minorities when that drug dealer was killed for trying to use his vehicle as a weapon of deadly force against the cops.

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KSL 02/27/09 - 12:05 am
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Too many comments here before

Too many comments here before the facts are known. I imagine that it well be found that he died of his own causes.

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