Washington County inmate dies in Jonesborough jail

May 1, 2013 Full story: WMC-TV Memphis 103

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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Happy

Johnson City, TN

#1 May 1, 2013
Did anyone know Stewart Peppers? Did he have a sister named Nancy Peppers? This is such a sad story.
The truth

Kingsport, TN

#2 May 1, 2013
Happy wrote:
Did anyone know Stewart Peppers? Did he have a sister named Nancy Peppers? This is such a sad story.
. I am not sure about the sister, but the truth is this man was an animal who brutally beat a young man in his senior year of pre pharmacy and put him in ICU for a week. This too happened on Thursday night before be was apprehended for vandalism and aggregated assault. The police did not follow up after finding the young man beat nearly to death in his apartment where the door was kicked in. Incompetent Johnson City Police Department. There were statements made by witnesses late on Monday afternoon to the criminal investigator. It is likely that Stewart got interrogated about his other actions of Thursday evening and did not know how to deal with spending possible jail time. Just was unfortunately not served for the young man who will have to deal with this over the next couple of months and his family.
Truecrime

Kingsport, TN

#3 May 1, 2013
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.
dang

Kingsport, TN

#4 May 2, 2013
Dang..pretty rough words behind a computer screen.this dude was still young. He killed nobody..made some bad choices yes...he was someones son. Grandson....and truth and trucrime..im sure you are perfect in every way.....but i tell ya one thing i know for sure...u would never dare to say these words to this youngmans face if he was here today....
Ugh

Knoxville, TN

#5 May 2, 2013
I've known Stewart for a few years and the person that he was on Thursday night is NOT the person I knew! An animal? You're judging based off a few unfinished police reports.

Something happened to him. He began behaving strangely at the beginning of the week, and the Johnson City Police DID NOT FOLLOW UP ON CALLS FOR HIS WELL-BEING THURSDAY EVENING before the young man got beaten up. Had they DONE THEIR JOB, the young man would not have ended up in the ICU, the attempted car-jacking never would have happened, and perhaps his death could have been avoided. But since the JCPD didn't take the calls seriously and blew it off (then tried to cover it all up, I might add...), all of these tragedies unfortunately occurred.
Manth

Knoxville, TN

#6 May 2, 2013
Ugh,

Thanks for pointing out that sometimes great people do bad things, and that doesn't mean they are an "animal." It's unfair to judge a person's entire life based on 1 or 2 days of it.

In what ways did he begin acting strangely prior to the incidents? What were the police asked to do that they did not? Any idea what triggered the odd behavior?
Asa

Sevierville, TN

#7 May 2, 2013
For the record, I knew Stewart well. I lived with him for 2 years and the actions he did on this night aren't normal of him. Also how dare you people talk about someone you do not know. He had lots of potential and was a very successful student and highly aspiring bodybuilder. It would be wise to not judge someone due to the actions of one night. He lived for 22 years and was a great person, ask anyone who knew him. The night of this incident the police were even told that he was mentally unstable and acting out of his mind. I will agree what he did wasn't right and I wish I could sit down and ask him why, but that will never happen now. I do believe that he died because of his treatment in the prison. He was used to eating a large diet, nearly 10 meals a day, and not fed even a portion of what he was used to. He even complained to his father of hunger pains in the 5 days he sat in that cell. I do not know how the police handled him, but I do know it probably wasn't with warm open hands. I simply feel that if proper care and consideration would be taken of him while in jail, and yes he did need to be there because of his actions, even though I believe he was not within his proper mental bounds, then he would still be alive. I personally want answers for what happened to a good friend of mine and I don't want people remembering him for the actions of obviously the hardest night of his life. Rather he should be remembered for the other 22 short years he got and all the happiness he brought to his many friends.
Silverado

Jonesborough, TN

#8 May 2, 2013
It amazes me how people so quickly look to blame others during events like this besides the person who was actually responsible. We expect our law enforcement officers, based on a brief encounter with Mr. Peppers, to be held accountable for decisions made by him over the course of his adult life. If its true he was taking steroids, where was his family? Surely they knew what he was doing. Where were his friends and fellow lifters? Did they ignore the obvious dangers associated with steroid use? Did they encourage that behavior? If he had been behaving so strangely since the "beginning of the week," why didn't his family and friends seek to get him mental or medical help from the onset if they observed obvious signs of abnormality? Why did he have marijuana on him? Where did he get the gun? Why would someone his size need a gun? Had he been showing signs of paranoia, a side effect of steroid use, prompting him to get a gun? Why did those closest him ignore these signs if they were present?

I have no doubt Mr. Peppers was probably a good person who obviously dedicated himself to his passion. Some of the comments about him, regardless of his actions, are most insensitive and most likely unwarranted. I'm sure the family is devastated and the comments about him are very hurtful. I do, however, find it hard to believe that there were no warning signs until that night of his arrest. That's why I always find it disheartening when people start pointing fingers. How can we expect jailers to make a judgement on someone in a matter of minutes, hours, or even a few days when those closest to him failed to notice and act on his warning signs after spending a lifetime with him?

Think

Knoxville, TN

#9 May 2, 2013
Nancy peppers brothers name is Wesley, Stewart was a good kid but some people snap, there was something wrong and it wasn't drugs! He didn't o d either bitch. A untrained guard at the jail killed him you sorry sob.
Ugh

Knoxville, TN

#10 May 2, 2013
Why judge my comment as spam just because my opinion is different than yours?

I understand that the police cannot be held accountable for the actions of a person, but they CAN be held accountable for their own actions, and they aren't. Of course assault is bad, drugs are bad, etc. etc. but the fact is that before any of this happened, his friends and family DID try to get him help and the police ignored their calls. No reports of the man being assaulted have been released to the public because they came AFTER friends and family called to JCPD but before the woman called about the attempted carjacking. They're trying to cover up their own irresponsibility.

Am I defending Stewart's actions? Of course not. Like Asa said, what he did was wrong. However, I AM stating the fact that if the police had done a welfare check as had been requested several hours before anyone got hurt, perhaps all of this could've been avoided. But seeing as they didn't, well, you know the rest.
Stoney Brew

Johnson City, TN

#11 May 2, 2013
Glad to see a discussion of the matter because we're not likely to get anything out of the media or law enforcement regarding the matter. Who was the pre-pharmacy student he allegedly assaulted?
Pray

Kingsport, TN

#12 May 2, 2013
Stoney Brew wrote:
Glad to see a discussion of the matter because we're not likely to get anything out of the media or law enforcement regarding the matter. Who was the pre-pharmacy student he allegedly assaulted?
Haden Geiger a great kid with a positive role for our society. He has spent a week in ICU but was able to move to an inpatient room today. Has missed out on tests for the past week. Part for the young man.
Slackers

Johnson City, TN

#13 May 2, 2013
ok but the question is .. Where was the people that work the jail and the nursing staff that is under contract to provide care for inmates ?? I mean no matter where he was in the jail Booking medical on lock down in pop it don't matter ! They should have been someone on tax payers money looking after inmates and this man .... And making sure inmates don't die .... DO YOUR JOB !
Skeptic

Fresno, CA

#14 May 2, 2013
Pray wrote:
<quoted text>
Haden Geiger a great kid with a positive role for our society. He has spent a week in ICU but was able to move to an inpatient room today. Has missed out on tests for the past week. Part for the young man.
Have they found evidence that ties Stewart to this? It seems to me that this beating is based on pure speculation. Is it a tragedy that so many people are suffering because of so many events? Yes, it is. However, must we spew hate back and forth?
josh

United States

#15 May 2, 2013
How dare any of your dumbasses say good riddense to his passing. Stew was a good person. All the things being said about what he did are just speculations! Pull your head out of your asses. A 22 year old boy died by the hands of someone! End of story.
Two

Johnson City, TN

#19 May 3, 2013
Another man died there today. Mr. Young was a husband and a father of four. He makes the 6th one in the last two years. The FBI needs to investigate. Not the TBI. All that money spent on the so called justice center. The TBI isn't gonna come back with anything negative about the jail as it will cost the state money in wrongful death suits.
Asa

Sevierville, TN

#20 May 3, 2013
He died from being strapped to a chair, beat, and tased. The second shock was fatal. Pronounced dead after he was unresponsive. I have been given this information from two employees. One was an off duty nurse and even said her friend was the responding nurse to stew that day. I'm not saying what he did before was right. But he did not need to be murdered. That is like saying the drunk girl at the party deserved to get raped.
Asa

Sevierville, TN

#21 May 3, 2013
O and also another inmate died two days after he did... Coincidence???
Perspective

Antioch, TN

#22 May 3, 2013
If what Asa said in fact did happen (I'm not disputing it), my question is what did he do to provoke the guards. If he went after them with the same ferocity that he did Haden Geiger, then I can only imagine what it must have taken to restrain him. If the guards went to far then they should be held accountable. After all, I too regret that he passed away. I would have preferred that he face his accusers in a court of law and pay for his crimes by being locked up for a long long time.

I didn't know him and can't argue with those of you who have commented regarding the person he was or you knew. What I can say is that after seeing what he did to Haden, that person was a monster. A true danger to the public.

The truth about what he did to this poor kid will come out. There was an earlier post how all of this is speculation. Well sure, until there is an official report, believe what you will. I will tell you though that the police report mentioned he was pushing a bike. Well guess who's bike it was...Haden's. Guess where he got it...Haden's apartment after kicking the door in and attacking him. Like I said there truth will come out...there is a witness. He beat him so badly that his intent was to kill him; to murder him. The extent of his injuries are life threatening. He was left for dead. He has multiple fractures, his jaw is wired shut, a broken nose, his eye was so badly swollen that there was a question whether or not he was blind, and above all, he has a brain injury. It is a miracle he is not dead. The scene of his apartment was that of a murder scene, blood everywhere. Some of you are quick to pass over his actions with comments like "I'm not saying what he did was right but". Let's not forget the victims of his actions and the wounds he inflicted, both physical and mental.

Haden has a long and painful road to recovery and for what? He did nothing.

I too agree that the local police have done a pathetic job here. Sounds like both before as well as after these brutal crimes.

My Perspective.
Give me a break

Johnson City, TN

#23 May 3, 2013
Manth wrote:
Ugh,
Thanks for pointing out that sometimes great people do bad things, and that doesn't mean they are an "animal." It's unfair to judge a person's entire life based on 1 or 2 days of it.
In what ways did he begin acting strangely prior to the incidents? What were the police asked to do that they did not? Any idea what triggered the odd behavior?
Bottom line is there is on less A**hole in the world and the world is better off without him.

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