Washington County inmate dies in Jone...

Washington County inmate dies in Jonesborough jail

There are 107 comments on the WMC-TV Memphis story from May 1, 2013, titled Washington County inmate dies in Jonesborough jail. In it, WMC-TV Memphis reports that:

A sheriff's office spokesman said 22-year-old Stewart W. Peppers of Johnson City was found unconscious late Monday afternoon.

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Christy Pollard

High Point, NC

#44 May 7, 2013
jesse james wrote:
And to boot Christy you need to RE-READ YOUR post... You clearly accusing them for the young man death and if America is so great for you to speak freely then why use your own words like Dictatorship and Tyranny? Yes, you would be a perfect person to swear an affidavit... Your crazy... MY RIGHT to opinion... None of this would have happened to this young man had it not been for HIS own action. You really should rally up your sheep (if they will follow you) and go running to the US Attorney General...
I know what happened in my situation and I was lied to .... period. I dont live in your town. You said stop blabbing, and I wont. Drunk driving is a poor comparison. If you want to compare apples to apples, then taking a drug addict and locking them away without Medical care from a qualified doctor is like taking a diabetic locking him away and refusing medication. It surprises me how often this happens there. I never hear of this in my town. Sadly its too late for my dad I cant run to the attorney general but Jesse James if thats even your real name, I assure you I am far from crazy. I use the term dictatorship and tyranny because there are no laws being followed by the people that govern them & if they are then something is wrong with the procedures and protocols.AND IT KEEPS HAPPENING.From my experience negligence is common there.That is my opinion, I am no investigator but I have 50 pages of truth in my dads medical records where the doctors say that they were told my dad was "found" in his cell, when he was confronted by an officer in his cell..Given he may have smashed his head in four place by fslling on his own, but the fact is there was dishonesty from the very beginning. People are always considered crazy until they are proven correct. I wanted to share my experience with these grieving family members. My dad died there, I know about the lying. You see my dad was different though, he was a homeless man. In theory I should have never been found, no one should have known, sadly due to the fact that there was a patient that needed his organs, the hospital went above and beyond to find me. Tell me sir if this is not dishonesty, what is? One can only wonder, but when I say this happened to my family member too... I am the crazy one. That is funny to me really. We should be able to trust people in their position of authority and be able to believe without a doubt that they are being honest, the fact is that.. I can't. I wanted these people to know that they are not the only ones this has happened to. I feel their pain and you would too if it happened to your son or father. I am responsible for what I say not what you understand, understood? Good. My piece has been said I know what happened to me. I really dont owe you any explanation about why I say what I say, but I gave it with hopes that you are capable of compassion. I hope all of this will bring a better awareness to the jail and the importance of proper care of someone, especially those under the influence. Maybe this time that they realize that their procedures are not effective and something needs to be changed.Especially if there is suspected drug or alcohol abuse. I am glad my post got under your skin, everyone needs to look and see whats going on ... even if you disagree with me.Now you will look closer and pay more attention. I am not following this post anymore. Family members of this young man, I went through what you are going through. I pray for justice answers and inner peace for you all. I was the only person fighting for my dad but you guys have many to speak and express your concerns, please do so. I hope my situation and yours are unrelated and this was an accident. For everyone else speaking ill of the dead, I hope this never happens to you.
chadd

Blountville, TN

#45 May 8, 2013
This is sad from all sides. I knew Stewart from working out around him a few times, and what he did was out of character for him completely. He was a bodybuilder. At 22 years old he was 240 pounds of muscle. All you people who think steroids are a magic pill, and caused him to go crazy are ignorant! To be his size at his age it took dedication, and hours in the gym, and many hours preparing food, and not to mention the cost. He also had just finished his degree in nutrition! Judge if you want but he had more dedication than most people could dream of having! If steroids made you crazy than all of our beloved pro athletes would be snapping on a regular basis!!!! My guess his he made a bad decision. Maybe he tried something and it was a bad decision that he made, and sadly he paid with his life. I know I have made bad decisions in my life, and I am sure all of you have too! God bless both familys, who are dealing with this tragedy, and all others affected! As far as I am concerned he was a good guy that made some bad decisions, that has affected alot of people, and its sad. I lift because I love looking in the mirror and see my body change. He was well on his way to being a pro bodybuilder, and as far as I am concerned he was an inspiration! RIP Stewart Peppers!
Cheese Puff Daddy

Park Hills, MO

#46 May 8, 2013
chadd wrote:
This is sad from all sides. I knew Stewart from working out around him a few times, and what he did was out of character for him completely. He was a bodybuilder. At 22 years old he was 240 pounds of muscle. All you people who think steroids are a magic pill, and caused him to go crazy are ignorant! To be his size at his age it took dedication, and hours in the gym, and many hours preparing food, and not to mention the cost. He also had just finished his degree in nutrition! Judge if you want but he had more dedication than most people could dream of having! If steroids made you crazy than all of our beloved pro athletes would be snapping on a regular basis!!!! My guess his he made a bad decision. Maybe he tried something and it was a bad decision that he made, and sadly he paid with his life. I know I have made bad decisions in my life, and I am sure all of you have too! God bless both familys, who are dealing with this tragedy, and all others affected! As far as I am concerned he was a good guy that made some bad decisions, that has affected alot of people, and its sad. I lift because I love looking in the mirror and see my body change. He was well on his way to being a pro bodybuilder, and as far as I am concerned he was an inspiration! RIP Stewart Peppers!
Ummmm. Remember Chris Benoit?

http://m.cbsnews.com/searchsynopsis.rbml...
Cheese Puff Daddy

Park Hills, MO

#47 May 8, 2013
chadd wrote:
This is sad from all sides. I knew Stewart from working out around him a few times, and what he did was out of character for him completely. He was a bodybuilder. At 22 years old he was 240 pounds of muscle. All you people who think steroids are a magic pill, and caused him to go crazy are ignorant! To be his size at his age it took dedication, and hours in the gym, and many hours preparing food, and not to mention the cost. He also had just finished his degree in nutrition! Judge if you want but he had more dedication than most people could dream of having! If steroids made you crazy than all of our beloved pro athletes would be snapping on a regular basis!!!! My guess his he made a bad decision. Maybe he tried something and it was a bad decision that he made, and sadly he paid with his life. I know I have made bad decisions in my life, and I am sure all of you have too! God bless both familys, who are dealing with this tragedy, and all others affected! As far as I am concerned he was a good guy that made some bad decisions, that has affected alot of people, and its sad. I lift because I love looking in the mirror and see my body change. He was well on his way to being a pro bodybuilder, and as far as I am concerned he was an inspiration! RIP Stewart Peppers!
I'm not saying its what happened, just that it DOES happen to some users

http://roid-rage.org/articles/roid-rage-impor...
jmj

United States

#48 May 8, 2013
Chris benoit was a drug user, an alcoholic, and was taking about 10 times the amount of steroids that a normal person takes. The last problem that guy had was steroids idk who you are but don't talk about something when you obviously know nothing about it but what you saw on CNN or MSNBC because media points a finger at the easiest thing they can. If you watch videos of other WWE stars talking about him he had long issues in his life and steroids was just a tiny bit of them
Cheese Puff Daddy

Park Hills, MO

#49 May 9, 2013
jmj wrote:
Chris benoit was a drug user, an alcoholic, and was taking about 10 times the amount of steroids that a normal person takes. The last problem that guy had was steroids idk who you are but don't talk about something when you obviously know nothing about it but what you saw on CNN or MSNBC because media points a finger at the easiest thing they can. If you watch videos of other WWE stars talking about him he had long issues in his life and steroids was just a tiny bit of them
The WWE stars I heard said the same things in reference to "unexpected behavior" "his actions that day were totally out of character" and so on as is being said here. I told you that I wasn't accusing him, or saying that's what happened. You can be defensive all you want but fact is ROID RAGE HAPPENS TO 5% OF ANABOLIC STEROID USERS. You keep denying that it happens at all. You're defending I unprescribed anabolic steroid use like its just a normal everyday drug that everybody uses and it's completely harmless with no side effects..

BULLSHIT
jmj

United States

#50 May 9, 2013
I'm not saying roof rage isn't real. But in all honesty I probably know 25 people who juice and none of them are aggressive at all and never have been. When you start to put things together that aren't natural for your body like steroids and alcohol or drugs there's no telling what could happen. I just have a hard time believing someone who is not an asshole before they juice is gonna be one after. If your little and a dickhead imagine the possibilities when you become intimidating to others
Salmon

Kingsport, TN

#51 May 9, 2013
Cheese Puff Daddy wrote:
<quoted text>
After reading all these comments, yours made a light bulb go off in my head. I'm not accusing this young man of anything but is it at all possible that he was using steroids? I had a friend in High School that used them, and at times they made him change personalities. I've heard it referred to as "Roid Rage". I may be totally off base here, but its a viable theory. I'm deeply sorry for the loss of your friend.
Gee whiz! I thought " 'Roid rage" was the after affect of two homosexual guys the day after make up sex! Sorry, I just had to be a smartass. But seriously, I've seen the effects of bodybuilders taking steroids, and yes, it does make many of them go way off their rocker. It makes them just plain mean and dangerous sometimes, and repeated use changes their personalities completely.
I think we all are jumping to conclusions on the death of this young man. Whatever the cause, I am in sympathy with his family and friends. Hopefully this will be investigated in good faith by the authorities.
Cheese Puff Daddy

Park Hills, MO

#52 May 9, 2013
jmj wrote:
I'm not saying roof rage isn't real. But in all honesty I probably know 25 people who juice and none of them are aggressive at all and never have been. When you start to put things together that aren't natural for your body like steroids and alcohol or drugs there's no telling what could happen. I just have a hard time believing someone who is not an asshole before they juice is gonna be one after. If your little and a dickhead imagine the possibilities when you become intimidating to others
I understand, man, and I'm sorry you lost your friend.
Cheese Puff Daddy

Park Hills, MO

#53 May 9, 2013
Salmon wrote:
<quoted text>Gee whiz! I thought " 'Roid rage" was the after affect of two homosexual guys the day after make up sex! Sorry, I just had to be a smartass. But seriously, I've seen the effects of bodybuilders taking steroids, and yes, it does make many of them go way off their rocker. It makes them just plain mean and dangerous sometimes, and repeated use changes their personalities completely.
I think we all are jumping to conclusions on the death of this young man. Whatever the cause, I am in sympathy with his family and friends. Hopefully this will be investigated in good faith by the authorities.
I agree. I guess we got a bit off topic and the real issue is his cause of death while in jail. As things develop, I hope those of you in the know will update this thread. I'm really curious as to what happened. Oh and, lmmfao at your Roid rage theory, I often catch hell on here by a few that don't appreciate my sarcasm, but as a fellow smart ass, I appreciate your sense of humor..
meh

Columbus, OH

#54 May 9, 2013
I think our tax dollars should go to free lunch.for our.children, but instead they are going to go to this investigaton. AWESOME!
Hottie

Harrison, TN

#55 May 11, 2013
Seems to me if this guy was so nice at one point and flipped out LIKE HE DID DO, sounds like he got ahold of some bath salts that make you go completely out of your mind. Dont help when your already on other drugs. And sad but harsh truth dont break the law and go to jail if you dont like having about 15 ppl taking care of over 600 ppl.
Nathan Johnson

Morristown, TN

#56 May 12, 2013
Truecrime wrote:
From what I gather he was a common thug. Probably OD'd in the jail. Good riddance to bad rubbish. No use wasting time on making him a victim.
Common thug? That's funny just type stews name in on google looked at all his arrest. None. Ok? I meet stew when he first moved to Tennessee. All he wanted to do was be successful and he was, wrestling and bodybuilding. He was a very good friend and a very good person. so just watch your fucking mouth when you don't know shit
concerned

Jonesborough, TN

#57 May 15, 2013
I don't know anything about either of the men who died in jail. I don't know the policies of this jail either. What I do know is that a young mother died in the same jail a few months ago from a urinary tract infection. I don't know how Washington County jail operates but another local jail requires that the sherriff decides if an inmate can be sent to the emergency room. If a county jail sends someone to the hospital the county has to pay for it. If a jail nurse the other local county makes the decision to send an inmate to the ER then she may be fired. Since when is a sherriff qualified to decide medical issues? Why do they even have nurses? I am an RN and I do not work in a jail or penal system. However I do take care of murderer's and anything else you can imagine. I take care of schizophrenics who normally have their first psychotic break in their early 20's. I don't know these young men and I don't know what caused them to make these choices. What I do know is that young men should never be allowed to die in jail. And why would a man that is strapped to a chair need to be tazed? I certainly understand why people sometimes need to be restrained for everyones safety but why use a taser when they are restrained? That sounds like abuse TORTURE! I got off on a tangent because this makes me angry. My point was supposed to be that a medical person should be making decisions about who is sent to the ER not a sherriff.
Daniel

Mooresville, NC

#59 May 17, 2013
concerned wrote:
I don't know anything about either of the men who died in jail. I don't know the policies of this jail either. What I do know is that a young mother died in the same jail a few months ago from a urinary tract infection. I don't know how Washington County jail operates but another local jail requires that the sherriff decides if an inmate can be sent to the emergency room. If a county jail sends someone to the hospital the county has to pay for it. If a jail nurse the other local county makes the decision to send an inmate to the ER then she may be fired. Since when is a sherriff qualified to decide medical issues? Why do they even have nurses? I am an RN and I do not work in a jail or penal system. However I do take care of murderer's and anything else you can imagine. I take care of schizophrenics who normally have their first psychotic break in their early 20's. I don't know these young men and I don't know what caused them to make these choices. What I do know is that young men should never be allowed to die in jail. And why would a man that is strapped to a chair need to be tazed? I certainly understand why people sometimes need to be restrained for everyones safety but why use a taser when they are restrained? That sounds like abuse TORTURE! I got off on a tangent because this makes me angry. My point was supposed to be that a medical person should be making decisions about who is sent to the ER not a sherriff.
these ppl did not die in that place they died at the hospital. The sherriff dont make that choice the nurses do!!!! And that woman died of heart problems not a uti.

Since: May 13

Jonesboro

#60 May 18, 2013
Has anyone head of him getting shot in the foot? It was just a rumor I heard.
ARNOLD DEMARR

Jonesborough, TN

#61 May 19, 2013
2 IN ONE WEEK , I SMELL SOMETHING FISHY GOING ON THERE. you can bet it will be covered up by the sheriff, and tony clark.
Gene Baker

Oak Ridge, TN

#62 May 21, 2013
Happy wrote:
Did anyone know Stewart Peppers? Did he have a sister named Nancy Peppers? This is such a sad story.
Stewart is my Grandson and no he does not have a sister named Nancy.
Young

Bluff City, TN

#63 Jun 9, 2013
Christy Pollard wrote:
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My father was an inmate here as well. He was "found" in his cell and died at the hospital. His skull was smashed, I later found out that he had actually been in a confrontation with jailers His name was Charles Edward Williams, and he indeed had not been simply found in his cell, "an apparent fall with no witnesses" as the facility staff stated upon his admission to the hospital. I live in North Carolina and I was not informed of anything until after he was pronounced brain dead. I obtained his medical records and by the time I had it all pieced together the evidence was gone.The state gladly cremated him free of charge, and I failed to ask for a FORENSIC AUTOPSY specifically. There is a difference between a medical autopsy and a forensic. The medical shows the cause of death, the FORENSIC will tell you the manner in which they died,(what caused the injury that resulted in death).
You need to get in contact with me please. Email me at [email protected]
Young

Bluff City, TN

#64 Jun 9, 2013
Gene Baker wrote:
<quoted text>
Stewart is my Grandson and no he does not have a sister named Nancy.
You need to get in contact with me please. Email me at [email protected]

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