Inmate found dead at Burke County Jail


Image above courtesy of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office


On Sept. 19, 2018, Charles Bynum Hughes, age 32, of 2309 Hwy US 70 West, Morganton, was brought before a Burke County magistrate on charges of Felonious Larceny, Felonious Financial Card Fraud, Felonious Flee and Elude Arrest, Driving While License Revoked (Not Impaired), Fictitious Tag/Registration and Resisting an Officer. He was placed in custody of the Burke County Jail under a $50,000 secured bond.

On September 22, 2018 at 5:25 a.m., a detention officer observed Mr. Hughes and another inmate on camera in what appeared to be an argument or disagreement. The detention officer removed Hughes from the multi-unit cell and placed him in a single cell for Hughes’ safety. During normal rounds pursuant to policy, a detention officer observed Mr. Hughes at 10:22 a.m. hanging from his bed sheet in the single person cell. Mr. Hughes was taken down and provided medical assistance until EMS personnel arrived. Mr. Hughes was declared deceased by medical personnel.

The SBI was requested by the Sheriff’s Office to investigate the matter. Any additional information will be provided at the conclusion of the SBI’s investigation.

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Author: WSIC editor