FORT SMITH (AP) - An inmate in the Sebastian County Jail was found dead after hanging himself with a bed sheet.
The sheriff's department says 35-year-old Chamar West of Fort Smith was being held on a rape charge. The agency said Wednesday that Arkansas State Police are investigating.
Officials say West was held in a cell by himself to keep him apart from the jail's general population.
Investigators say a note was found in West's cell in which he indicated remorse for his crimes. He also asked his family to forgive him.
Jail officials are also conducting an internal investigation.Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.