February 6, 2023

Sheriff Tyree Jones updates media on death at Raymond Detention Center

Therese Apel

Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones

Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones says there does not appear to be foul play in the death of an inmate at the Raymond Detention Center.

Brandon Flowers, 32, was found unresponsive and hanging in his cell by officers at 11:10 a.m. Sunday. According to Jones, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has taken over the case.

Flowers had been held at the Raymond Detention Center since June 9, 2021 for the charge of Capital Murder stemming from the 2019 JPD investigation into the death of Antonio Lovaglio, 55, and a hold by Mississippi Department of Corrections.

The meidcal staff was sent to the scene and pronounced him dead, Jones said. There is now not only an MBI investigation, but also a routine administrative investigation. Jones said the final determination of cause and manner of death will be left up to the medical examiner, as the body has been sent for autopsy.

At the time of the press conference, Jones said he had no knowledge of any mental health issues that Flowers might have had, but said that it would be part of the investigation.

Jones offered heartfelt condolences and sympathies to Flowers’ family. Flowers’ is the first death in the jail since the Fall of 2021.

“The last thing we want is for someone to die in our facility,” Jones said. “We will review what we can do to prevent this from happening again.”

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