An Erie County Holding Center inmate takes his own life.

Suicide Investigation At Erie County Holding Center

October 13, 2011 Updated Oct 13, 2011 at 6:51 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By By Jaclyn Asztalos

October 13, 2011 Updated Oct 13, 2011 at 6:51 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Erie County deputies found the inmates lifeless body hanging by a bed sheet in his cell just after noon on Wednesday.

That suspect was Trevell Walker, 36. Walker has been in the Erie County Holding Center since December accused of stabbing his wife to death in front of their young son. In a suicide letter to his family, he confessed to the crime, saying he could no longer live with the guilt.

This is the second inmate suicide since the center took on the new guidelines set forth by the federal government. These rules include a mental health evaluation by registered nurses as soon as inmates arrive at the facility. This was a duty previously held by deputies.

"We are following all the recommendations from the department of justice and the COC. We continue to train all of our employees. This year, I lost a personal friend to suicide and I'm going to tell you that you can have all the procedures in the world but if they want to harm themselves and don't tell anyone it's near impossible to stop," Erie County Undersheriff Mark Wipperman said.

These new regulations come after a string of suicides at the holding center alarmed the U.S. Justice Department. The new rules also said that at-risk inmates are to be watched closely. Authorities said the challenge with Walker is that he did not show any signs that he wanted to harm himself.