Guard fired after being accused of faking log entries


Published: Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 3:04 a.m.
MARIANNA - A Jackson County jail guard accused of faking log entries the night an inmate committed suicide has been fired, authorities said.
Kenneth Anderson, 46, was supposed to make hourly rounds the night Roy L. Conrad killed himself, but surveillance tape footage reviewed showed otherwise, jail administrator Donald Barnes said.
''You've got an inmate death, you just want to review everything,'' Barnes said. ''It wasn't that I was suspicious. I was just curious.''
Conrad hanged himself from a bunk Jan. 23. An investigation showed he died shortly after 2 a.m. His body was discovered about 4:45 a.m.
When questioned, Anderson admitted that he had falsified the log, Jackson County Administrator Ted Lakey said.
The investigation found Anderson's failure to make his rounds did not contribute to Conrad's death, Lakey said. Criminal charges were not expected.
Conrad was charged in the Aug. 16 stabbing death of his brother-in-law, Darrell Vaughan.
He was awaiting trial, but was not on suicide watch, jail officials said.

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