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Bibb County sheriff’s investigators probe in-custody death at jail

Bibb County sheriff’s investigators probe in-custody death at jail. The inmate was found unresponsive early Saturday.
Bibb County sheriff’s investigators probe in-custody death at jail. The inmate was found unresponsive early Saturday. bcabell@macon.com

An investigation is underway after an inmate of the Bibb County jail hanged himself in his cell.

William Elder Homan, 40, of Macon, was discovered unresponsive in his cell about 6 a.m. Saturday and life-saving measures were attempted, according to a Bibb County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Homan was pronounced dead on scene by the Bibb County Coroner’s Office.

Conditions in the cell, which were not disclosed, indicated that he hanged himself, the release said.

Homan was being held on a misdemeanor probation violation charge.

The incident is being investigated by internal affairs investigators from the Bibb Sheriff’s Office of Professional Standards.

An autopsy is expected because it was an in-custody death.

Becky Purser covers breaking and Houston County news. She previously covered crime and courts for Houston and Peach counties for The Telegraph. A graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a bachelor’s degree in communications/news-editorial sequence, Becky also has covered city and county government for Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia newspapers.
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