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Inmate hangs self in Fayette jail

An inmate at the Fayette County Jail apparently hanged himself with a bed sheet while in his cell March 10. Riverdale resident Rodney Scott Tutton had been in jail since Feb. 19 on a charge of probation violation.

Sheriff’s spokesperson Brent Rowan said the 35 year-old Tutton was found unresponsive inside his cell with a sheet tied around his neck. The sheet was tied to the top bunk, Rowan said. Though he shared the cell with another inmate, Rowan said Tutton was alone in the cell when the incident occurred.

Rowan said jail staff performed CPR until they were relieved by Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services Personnel, who treated and transported Tutton to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on March 11.

In accordance with Georgia Law and the policies of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation has been turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, said Rowan.

Rowan said Tutton was arrested and brought to the Fayette County Jail on February 19 on a warrant for violating his probation for possession of methamphetamines.



Hopefully this will start a trend!!

I suppose if you had a son and the cops caught him on meth and jailed him, you would want him to catch the "trend?"

This is sad for him and his family that it had to come to this.

mjm1204's picture

I feel bad for the family, but that's about it. Maybe he realized he was never going to contribute anything in society so he did us all a favor.

I'm not buying the meth excuse... people are making poor choices way before they get caught up in meth.... I'm sure they had excuses for all that too.

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highflyer2's picture

Funny, that is exactly what The police and prosecutor told me 5 years ago when my son was found dead. I sure wish I could live in a world that is so perfect like yours, where all your kids walk on water and your wife gets up and puts on her "Mrs. Cleaver pearls" every morning. Where NO ONE in your family or your wife's have EVER had problems with drug or alcohol problems.
Mr MJM1204, You make me SICK and I would LOVE to sit down with you one day and have a "heart to heart".
Barry Lovett, look me up.....I'm in the phone book.

dawn69's picture

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. No parent should ever have to endure that terrible pain. For every troubled youth/young adult out there - there is a parent who remembers him as a child....pure, innocent, full of hope. The portrait in my avatar is one I did of my son - young, innocent, full of promise. This young man in jail was at some point in time someone's little angel, someone's hope, someone's life!

<"The most beautiful things in life cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart." - Helen Keller>

MajorMike's picture

The is an old saying that goes "No parent should have to outlive a child". I can only begin to imagine the amount of pain that loss can generate (I have three grown sons). Sadly, in many ways, we have no one but ourselves to blame. Not only on the personal level, but mostly on the government level. In an increasingly liberal society, there is no serious intent to put a halt to the drug problem(s). I would suspect that upwards of 30% of our elected representatives and senators are occasional or regular users of one illicit drug or another. Coupled with the fact that the drug trade is hugely profitable --- well, you understand the problem. At the local level, I compare it to the little Dutch boy with his finger in the dike. Law enforcement drug arrests account for only a very small fraction of the drug flow. Even so, I question the will of local many law enforcement agencies to even make the effort if it did not put money in the coffers. While it doesn't surprise me that LE and prosecutors used that phrase, it does surprise me that we have some stupid enough to use that phrase to a grieving parent.

Lest you think that meth or any other illicit drug is the bulk of the problem, be assured that it is not. I lost my Mom in 1998 - three years after I became her guardian as the result of a MASSIVE prescription drug problem involving one doctor. Have you ever seen a thousand capsule bottle of Darvon? Mom had five - one full, one half full, and the rest empty. She was getting three major pain killers and three major tranquilizers in those quantities from National Rx prescribed by only the one doctor. When we lost my younger brother (& only living sibling), Mom really went off the deep end. When I became her guardian, she was in Huntsville hospital and not expected to last the week. It took a full year to dry mom out and to put it mildly, she was "willfully non-compliant”. If you think that anyone in LE or the court system at any level gave a rat's patoote, you would be dreadfully wrong. Due to the commonness of the prescription drug problem, people tend to have the same reaction; "they died and rid us of the problem (or "did us a favor")". Don't blame MJM1024 for his thoughts; blame ALL of us, you & me included, for our unwillingness as a society to address the problem. Until the day we/society develops the will to minimally address the problem, you have my condolences and my sincere sympathy.

As a previous friend of Scotty's, I had to let him go and remove him from my life due to his lifestyle. I hate that it come to what it did, but I believe that he is in a better place. I also do not think that anyone should start the trend that Scotty or anyone else started. I believe that everyone can change if they truly want, and obviously he thought he couldn't.

I have known Scott Tutton for the last eight years, and will miss him very much. I remember when I first met Scott...he was at a friend's house one day when I stopped in to visit. My first impression of him led me to believe that Scott was a tough, arrogant, guy who cared about no one but himself.

However, after I got to know Scott better, I realized that my initial impression of him was wrong-- Scott was a tough guy...he had endoured more pain than the normal person could ever imagine, and survived.

Scott did have an arrogance that was quite obvious...but now it seemed to be an attractive part of his personality to me.

Scott cared for himself alright...but he also cared for his children and family more than they would ever realize. Scott and I had many conversations in which he told me how much he missed his children, and how he planned on improving the relationship he had with them. He talked about his dad and his brother with tears in his eyes and said he would give anything to be able to somehow change the relationship he had with them as well.

Scott was a good guy who made some bad decisions...ultimately the last bad choice resulted in his death. Scott was intelligent, hard-working, and an obviously confused young man. He stopped believing in himself and his ability to be a positive influence on the people he loved.

I will miss Scott Tutton very much. I hope the Scott Tutton story will influence others who are fighting a meth addiction to seek help today. It's never too late to turn your life around...

very well said. i will miss him too.

Scott's memorial service will be held at Kenwood Baptist Church on Kenwood Road, in Fayetteville, on Friday, March 19, 2010, at 3:00 p.m.

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