Man found hanging in jail identified

Posted Friday, Mar. 01, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Authorities have released the name of the man who died Thursday after being found hanging in his cell at the Bedford city jail.

James Myers, 31, of Bedford was identified by the Tarrant County medical examiner's office. Police withheld his name Thursday because family members had not yet been notified of his death.

Texas Rangers, to avoid an appearance of a conflict of interest, have been asked to help investigate the man's death.

Myers was found hanging in his cell shortly after noon Thursday, police said. He was the only person in the cell, they said.

He was given first aid from jailers and paramedics and he was taken to a hospital, but he could not be saved, police said.

On Friday, Police Chief Roger Gibson said Myers was found hanging by "an article of clothing," but he declined to give more details.

Myers was arrested Thursday morning for warrants in Dallas and Tarrant counties. He also faced drug charges in Bedford because substances believed to be narcotics were found in the car he was driving.

Chief Gibson said the Dallas County warrants were for driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance. The Tarrant County warrant was for possession of a controlled substance, Gibson said.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684

Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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