Inmate hangs self in Washington County Jail

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.

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