Inmate found dead in Johnson County jail

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MOUNTAIN CITY, TN (WJHL) – An inmate at the Johnson County Jail died Saturday night.

David Pendergrass, 49, was found unresponsive in his holding cell around suppertime Saturday, according to Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece.

EMS took Pendergrass immediately to Johnson County Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.Pendergrass was admitted to the jail on Friday afternoon and was placed in a holding cell with other inmates.

His body will undergo an autopsy to find the cause of death but according to Reece, there were no initial signs of any altercation.Copyright WJHL 2016. All rights reserved.

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