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Coroner rules jail hanging suicide

By Clyde L. Stancil
DAILY Staff Writer 340-2443

MOULTON — A preliminary autopsy report has determined that a Moulton woman hanged herself Saturday in the Lawrence County Jail.

Coroner Greg Randolph said Tuesday afternoon he received the report on Sheila Mullins from the state Department of Forensic Science.

"The cause of death was hanging, the manner of death was suicide," Randolph said.

The report did not include toxicology information, such as the level of alcohol, if any, in Mullins' blood.

"It will be months before I get that back," Randolph said.

He said the preliminary autopsy report will allow him to issue a death certificate for Mullins.

Mullins died at about 9:20 p.m. Saturday. Jailers found her hanging by a sheet in her cell. She was isolated because jailers said she was unruly after Trinity police arrested her for illegal possession of prohibited liquor (IPPL) and resisting arrest.

Sheriff Bryan Hill said Mullins' behavior was probably the result of alcohol consumption.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation has concluded its investigation into Mullins' death.

"There was no foul play on the part of jail officials," said State Trooper spokeswoman J. Denise Collins. "Other than that, a full autopsy is being requested."

Collins said ABI agents turned over their information to the Lawrence County district attorney.

"He will decide if he wants to proceed with any charges," Collins said. "I don't think that will happen. It was clearly suicide. She was locked up by herself."

Police arrested Mullins, 30, of 311 Lawrence County 118, earlier in the day. She was a passenger in the car of Jeremy Robinson, 30, of the same address.

Police charged Robinson with driving under the influence and IPPL.

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