Cumberland County slaying suspect hangs self in jail

Cumberland County slaying suspect hangs self in jail

December 17th, 2011 in Local - Breaking News

A man charged in a Cumberland County, Tenn., slaying earlier this year was found hanging in his cell Saturday, authorities said.

Allen Stacey Rogers, 32, was being held at the Cumberland County Justice Center on charges of first-degree murder in the death of 35-year-old Summer Nicole Nelms, whose body was found behind a BP gas station in Crab Orchard.

Nelms' nude body was found in early October and Rogers, a truck driver from Pines, N.C., was arrested within a week. Authorities said at the time they believed Rogers picked Nelms up in Knoxville.

Cumberland County Sheriff's Office chief investigator Casey Cox said that officers found Rogers hanging and attempted life-saving methods, but the inmate was pronounced dead at Cumberland Medical Center.