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Inmate hangs himself in Oklahoma County jail

A homeless man was found dead by jail officers Feb. 14, according to the sheriff's office.
by Juliana Keeping Published: February 22, 2012

An Oklahoma County jail inmate hanged himself in his cell with a bed sheet, a spokesman with the sheriff's office said Wednesday.

Jeffrey Darling, 39, was found hanging in his cell about 1:45 p.m. Feb. 14, sheriff's spokesman Mark Myers said. He was alone in his cell and tied the sheet to a light fixture, Myers said.

“Detention officers attempted to revive him until the fire department arrived around 2 p.m.,” Myers said.

Darling was pronounced dead at 2:08 p.m.

Darling, who was homeless, was taken to the jail Jan. 30 on complaints of receiving stolen property, unauthorized use of a vehicle, possession of a taken credit card, possession of controlled and dangerous substance and burglary.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is conducting an independent investigation into Darling's death, which is routine with all jail deaths, Myers said.

There were two jail deaths ruled suicides in 2011. Darling's death is the first suicide of 2012, Myers said.

The state medical examiner ruled Darling's death a suicide by hanging, spokeswoman Amy Elliott said Wednesday. has disabled the comments for this article.
by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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