Autopsy reveals Washington County inmate died of Excited Deliriu

Autopsy reveals Washington County inmate died of Excited Delirium

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, TN (WJHL) - The Washington County Sheriff's Office revealed in a press conference Friday afternoon that inmate Stewart Peppers did from a condition known as Excited Delirium. 

Excited Delirium is said to cause hallucinations and even sudden death.

Here's the full news release from the Washington County TN Sheriff's Office :

According to Sheriff Ed Graybeal and District Attorney General Tony Clark, the autopsy report has been received in the death of Stewart W. Peppers. The report states the cause of death as “Excited Delirium associated with misuse of Nandrolone Decanoate, exogenous testosterone and acute cannabinoid.” The report goes on to state “Excited Delirium Syndrome is a condition that manifests as a combination of psychomotor agitation, anxiety, hallucinations, speech disturbances, disorientation, violent and bizarre behavior, insensitivity to pain, elevated body temperature, and increased strength. This disorder most frequently occurs in male subjects with a history of psychostimulant abuse.”

Peppers, age 22, died at the Johnson City Medical Center Hospital on April 29, 2013, after being transported from the Washington County Detention Center by Washington County EMS. Peppers became unresponsive while Detention Center personnel were attempting to restrain him due to combative, bizarre and destructive behavior. Cardiopulmonary resuscitative measures were initiated by Detention Center personnel who also called for EMS.

Sheriff Graybeal stated “I support the officers involved in this incident. They were confronted with a violent assault and, despite the tragic outcome, responded in an appropriate manner.”

District Attorney General Tony Clark commented on the deaths of the five inmates during 2013. “Each of these deaths has been thoroughly investigated. The investigations have shown that there is no connection among the deaths and there is no wrongdoing on the part of anyone at the Detention Center


A news conference has been scheduled for this afternoon at the Washington County Sheriff's Office regarding the autopsy of an inmate who died at the county jail back in April.

Stewart Peppers, 22, died while an inmate at the Washington County Detention Center.

The news conference is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

Following Peppers' death, his parents filed a lawsuit against the jail alleging six corrections officers beat their son while he was restrained and also used chemical spray and stun guns on him.

The sheriff's office said that reasonable force was used to control and restrain Peppers.

Watch a live stream of the press conference right here on

WJHL will have a reporter at the news conference, so check back for updates online and on air tonight.

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