VIDEO: Smith County inmate commits suicide prior to court appearance on sexual assault charge

Published on Friday, 18 October 2013 12:35 - Written by

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A Smith County jail inmate who has been jailed since March 6 of this year on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child committed suicide overnight.

Kerry Deon Winston, age 42, of Tyler, was found hanging in his cell. EMS was contacted and arrived at the jail at 3:53 a.m. CPR was being administered to Mr. Winston by jail personnel prior to EMS arriving at the jail. The inmate was alive but unresponsive at that time. Winston later died after being transported by EMS.

A preliminary investigation indicates that a note was left by Mr. Winston outlining his intentions to take his own life. He was scheduled to have appeared in court today to enter a plea and receive sentencing.