State Inmate Dies in Apparent Suicide

JANUARY 5, 2007 - Posted at 7:46 a.m. CST

VARNER, Ark. (AP) - Authorities say a 46-year-old Arkansas inmate is dead after an apparent suicide at the Varner Unit of the state prison system. Prison spokeswoman Dina Tyler said Scott D. Walls hanged himself yesterday with a bed sheet in his cell.

Tyler said Walls was serving a 20-year sentence for incest out of Garland County, imposed in 2001.

Tyler said Walls was accused of a rule violation on Christmas Day and was separated from the general prison population. She said guards conducting checks of the cell found the inmate to be fine at 2:30 p.m., but another check six minutes later found him dead.

The Arkansas State Police will investigate the death.

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