Claiborne County inmate found dead in cell

A 26-year-old Claiborne County inmate was found dead in his cell shortly after being taken into custody.
Published: Oct. 12, 2021 at 8:25 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 12, 2021 at 12:18 PM EDT
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CLAIBORNE COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - A Claiborne County inmate was found dead in his cell early Sunday morning.

According to officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Joseph Burkhart, 26, was taken into custody around 9:00 p.m. Saturday night and charged with public intoxication and driving on a suspended license.

Shortly after midnight, he was found unresponsive in his cell, officials said. Claiborne County EMS responded, and Burkhart was pronounced deceased soon after. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident.

Claiborne County Sheriff Bob Brooks said no foul play is being considered at this time.

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