FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The Washington County Sheriff's Office says a 39-year-old inmate accused of rape has died by hanging himself in his cell.
The agency said Friday that William Scott Spurgeon died Thursday night after he fashioned a noose out of his clothing and hanged himself from a bed rail.
Spurgeon, who was in a cell by himself, was being held on charges of rape and second-degree. He'd also been served divorce papers earlier Thursday.
An internal investigation is under way and Spurgeon's body was sent to the Arkansas Crime Lab for autopsy.Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.