Death at Chattooga Jail

Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader says that a sixty-one-year-old Cloudland man passed away while in custody at the Chattooga County Jail on Sunday night.

William Kenneth “Butch” Parker had been arrested on a public intoxication charge and an outstanding bench warrant.  He was being held in the medical observation cell which is equipped with cameras.

Mr. Parker passed away around 11:20 on Sunday night according to Sheriff Mark Schrader.

The sheriff said that every indication is that Parker passed away due to natural causes.  As is protocol, the sheriff has asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate Mr. Parker’s death.  The sheriff said that he has turned over the video footage from the Chattooga County Jail to the GBI.