Three corrections officers at the Bradley County Jail are charged with falsifying records and failing to perform their duties in connection with the hanging death of an inmate earlier this year.
The three were indicted this week and turned themselves in for booking today, according to a news release from the 10th Judicial District Attorney's office.
Gabriel Nathaniel Black is charged with official misconduct, tampering with evidence and tampering with governmental records.
Timothy Jason Boyd and Ronald Joshua Reddish are charged with official misconduct.
The inmate, Ralph Nelms, was found found hanging in his cell in September. He was the third inmate this year to die in custody there.
Nelms, 41, of Cleveland, had been booked on burglary charges. District Attorney General Steve Crump asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to look into the death. Having an outside agency investigate is routine for in-custody deaths.
"Our office is grateful for the timely and efficient work of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation," Crump said in a statement. "We are also grateful for the transparency of the entire command staff of the Bradley County Sheriff's Office in alerting agents to the activities of their subordinates. Their candor was crucial in the pursuit of justice."