Bedford man identified as jail inmate who hanged

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BEDFORD -- Authorities have released the name of a man who was found Thursday hanging in his cell at the Bedford 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 been notified of his death.

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

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

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

On Friday, Police Chief Roger Gibson said Myers was hanging by "an article of clothing."

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.

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

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