[UPDATE] Valdosta Inmate Charged with Murder Hangs Himself

[UPDATE] -- Valdosta, Ga. -- April 17, 2012 --

On April 14th at approximately 12:50am, officers at the Lowndes County Jail discovered that 19 year-old Terrell Rizer had hanged himself in his cell. Eyewitness News Reporter Eames Yates spoke to the people that knew him best.

19-year old Terrell Rashaun Rizer was arrested on the morning of April 13. He was charged with the murder of Timothy McKinney. The next day Rizer hanged himself at the Lowndes County Jail.

Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine explained the events that led up to Rizer's suicide. He said ""he was observed for a good period of time and then once the nurse came in and examined him and talked with him he assured her three different times that he was not suicidal."

That proved not to be the case when he was found dead in his isolation cell. Rizer had recently turned 19. He was a father of four, including three-week-old Terrell Jr.

Breanna, McCormick, his girlfriend and the mother of Terrell Jr., was asked what kind of man he was. She said "a good one, he loved his kids and his friends."

Terrell's roommate Chris Emanuel said "his grandma and them, they loved him. His momma, I know they loved him. His daddy loved him, his whole family loved him."

His best friend Jeremy McGee said "It's just sad, for Terrell's family and Timothy's Family."

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is conducting an independent investigation into Rizer's death.

Valdosta, GA --April 14, 2012

On April 14th at approximately 12:50am, officers at the Lowndes County Jail discovered that 19 year-old Terrell Rizer had hanged himself in his cell. Emergency Medical Personnel were immediately summoned to the jail and officers and jail medical staff began aiding Rizer. Soon after the arrival of an ambulance, Rizer was transported to South Georgia Medical Center where he was pronounced as deceased.

Terrell Rizer was arrested on Friday, April 13 by the Valdosta Police Department and had been charged with the murder of Timothy McKinney, whose body was found on the railroad tracks Thursday, April 12, in Lowndes County. Rizer was being housed in a cell by himself due to the seriousness of his charges. Sheriff Prine noted that he went to the jail immediately after being notified and his initial review indicates that a proper medical screening was performed during Rizer’s intake to the jail and nothing was found to indicate that Rizer intended to cause harm to himself.

Sheriff Prine has requested the assistance of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to conduct an independent investigation of the incident. Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation were also notified since the incident involved the death of an inmate. The investigation is ongoing and an autopsy will be performed in the near future to determine an exact cause of death.

Sheriff Prine also notified the Chief F. Simons of the Valdosta Police Department since this event is related to the agency's ongoing investigation.


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