Details in prison hanging sketchy

Published 12:00 am Monday, September 20, 1999

FAYETTE – Two days after guards found the body of an inmate hanging in his cell, prison officials on Monday remained mum on exactly what happened.

&uot;I can tell you absolutely nothing,&uot; said Warden Glenn Arnold of the Jefferson-Franklin Correctional Facility. &uot;Everything needs to come from the Sheriff (Peter Walker).&uot;

Walker could not be reached for comment on Monday, sheriff’s department workers said he was out of town on a family illness.

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&uot;It’s nothing to back down from,&uot; Arnold said. &uot;We did nothing wrong. It’s just he’s the one that has to give out the details.&uot;

Prison guards found the body of Plaze Thomas Jr., 39, of Fayette hanging from a sheet in his cell between 9 and 10 p.m. Saturday night. County authorities said he had apparently taken his own life.

It is not known whether Thomas was alone in the cell when he was hung or not.

Thomas had been arrested on traffic charges. He was arrested by the Fayette Police Department Saturday on charges of unpaid fees, an expired tag, driving with a suspended license and driving recklessly.

On Monday the Mississippi Highway Patrol confirmed it had been asked to help in the investigation into Thomas’ death.

A spokesperson for the highway patrol did not return phone calls Monday. And a spokesperson for Jefferson County Coroner Will T. Turner said he was unavailable for comment.

Rollins Funeral Home workers said Monday that services for Thomas were still incomplete.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.