UPDATE Leon County Jail Inmate Death

By: LCSO Press Release; Eyewitness News, Julie Montanaro Email
By: LCSO Press Release; Eyewitness News, Julie Montanaro Email

UPDATED 4.28.2011 by Julie Montanaro

An autopsy completed Wednesday confirms Stephen Campbell died of asphyxiation, an LCSO Spokesman said.

MAJ Mike Wood says Campbell was in the general population and correctional officers there must make visual checks on each inmate every hour.

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Leon County Jail Inmate Death

On April 26, 2011, at approximately 10:15 AM, Leon County Jail Inmate Stephen S. Campbell was found hanging in his cell. Correctional staff was making routine rounds within the pod when it was observed that Campbell had used a sheet to hang himself.

Correctional staff and Jail Medical staff responded immediately, however, Campbell was pronounced dead on scene by Medical staff. An autopsy will be conducted on April 27, 2011.

Deceased:
Stephen S. Campbell
DOB: 03/05/77
Booking date: 10/10/10
Charges: DUI, Possession of Cannabis, and Possession of Paraphernalia

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Tallahassee, FL - An inmate at the Leon County jail is found dead from an apparent suicide.

Deputies say a correctional officer making routine rounds around 10 this morning found 34 year old Stephen Campbell unresponsive in his cell...

A Leon County Sheriff spokesperson says Campbell used a sheet to hang himself. An autospty is scheduled for tomorrow.

Campbell was serving time for DUI and posession of marijuana.


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  • by Rebecca Location: Las Vegas, NV on May 1, 2011 at 07:22 AM
    Another one? My Nephew died in there 2 years ago - same peculiar circumstances it seems. What is going on in that jail? Does any higher authority or investigative reporter have the guts to seriously investigate what is going on there? Seems to me there is a major problem in that jail.
  • by James Location: Atlanta on Apr 29, 2011 at 05:44 PM
    Ive known Scott and his family over 16 years. He was an awesome person, amazing guitar player, and a good friend that you could ask for help, even after years of not speaking, and get it. He was not a thug in any way shape or form. His mom and dad are wonderfull also, both medical professionals in Albany. I'll miss the picks we had scott. Love you man
  • by Kristen Location: Colby on Apr 29, 2011 at 02:13 PM
    I understand taht many people want to judge...this HUMAN BEING is my boufriend of ten years. It hurts enough. Also, Scott's father died recently and he struggled with mental illness. So, I understand, but if you had a family member that was sick, would you want to see this? Humanity, empathy, anything other than pure judgment of someone that none of you knew. I just wnated him to find a better way to live. He was very sad. Please pray for these people. don't be so hateful.
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      by MEOK on May 1, 2011 at 05:28 AM in reply to Kristen
      OUR SON SUPPOSEDLY COMITTED SUICIDE I THIS JAIL IN 8/09. THERE ARE MANY SIMILARITIES. MY CONDOLENCES TO THE PARENTS. YOU WILL NEVER GET THE REAL STORY FROM LCJ. WE NEVER DID. OUR SON HAD NO REASON TO WANT TO KILL HIMSELF. EVEN ALL HIS FRIENDS SAY SO. HE WASN'T A THUG. HE HAD PARENTS THAT LOVED HIM, AND HE HAD JUST MADE SOME BAD, REBELLIOUS CHOICES. HE WAS TO GET OUT IN OCTOBER OF 09. KILL YOURSELF WITH ONLY A MONTH TO GO?? PLEASE!!!
  • by Get Real Location: tally on Apr 28, 2011 at 11:36 AM
    Dave are you kidding me??? You do the crime you do the time! I don't think my tax dollars should geive them some fancy place to stay. I say put them in tent cities and 3 simple meals a day. Why do they need TV, should we have to pay for them to have a nice comfortable place to stay? I don't think so. It is not supposed to be a nice place. It is supposed to make you not want to come back!
  • by to Jeff on Apr 28, 2011 at 07:46 AM
    read further I said the negligent acts pose the same risk...death; so if lawfully carrying a gun does even come into play until the gun carrier acts NEGLIGENTLY...comprehension people, comprehension! Both acts could result in the loss of innocent life!!!!!
  • by Dave Location: Tallahassee on Apr 28, 2011 at 07:35 AM
    I see that some people supposedly familiar with the LCJ have commented about the conditions there. These are false comments. The conditions are terrible. Overcrowding, inadequate light, temperatures that fluctuate according to the whims of the Sheriff, and barely edible food are the norms. There are no day rooms, only common areas within the pods with one tv that is there for the sake of the guards, not the inmates. Exercise time is quite limited, and visits by friends and family are limited to peering through a narrow slit in an iron door, one person at a time. The court system attempts to force accuseds to "plea bargain" by keeping them there for months or even years on end. The "Public Defender" is called the "Public Pretender" by the inmates, and not without reason, for they aid and abet the blackmail of inmates in this neferious "plea bargaining" garbage. Anyone coming out of such a situation is going to be psychotic, no matter what his mental condition or his innocence after a stay there. If you think it is such a pleasure cruise, try spending a summer day in a brick building without air conditioning with barely enough light to see. Then think about nine months or a year of that.
  • by Dee Location: Quincy on Apr 28, 2011 at 06:02 AM
    I'm sorry for this guy's family. they're the one's who are affected by his suicide. Thug or not I don't care you should never be so cruel to people...He's dead his family is still living show so compassion for the family he leaves to mourn...
  • by tj Location: tallahassee on Apr 28, 2011 at 05:54 AM
    Having spent time in LCJ , I know what a depressing place it can be, never seeing sunlight or fresh air. guards that never net you out a room , not because the pods closed but because they dont want too deal with a bunch of inmates. Ive seem many men break down and loose it there. Best wishes too his friends and Family.
  • by randy Location: thomasville on Apr 27, 2011 at 08:31 PM
    In response to him being a thug, I personally knew him and the young man has a had a very hard life and had dealt with depression over the death of his brother. So , please do a little more research before you call someone a thug. Not everyone who goes to jail is a bad person just made bad decisions leading up to it. MISS YOU SCOTTY
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      by TIR on Apr 28, 2011 at 08:47 AM in reply to randy
      THUG.
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      by Will on Apr 28, 2011 at 06:30 PM in reply to randy
      I miss him too, Randy. He and I were roommates when he attended ABAC. He really was a good guy. And a great musician.
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      by Kristen on Apr 29, 2011 at 02:14 PM in reply to randy
      who is this?? I am his girlfriend...
  • by Franklin Thompson Location: Tallahassee on Apr 27, 2011 at 05:23 PM
    Give 'em all some new sheets and see how it goes.
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