TBI Investigates Second Hardeman County Jail Inmate Death

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Two inmates at the Hardeman County Jail have died within the last five weeks 

Two men with two seemingly different scenarios from family accounts.

 59-year-old Gregory Shearin was found unresponsive in his jail cell bed around 11 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Jail staff performed CPR on Shearin. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

 The TBI said in an email it is too soon to say how Shearin died.

 In late July, wrestler Brian Christopher Lawler was found hanging in the Hardeman County Jail. He was taken to a Memphis hospital where he later died.

 With Shearin’s death coming a little more than a month after Lawler died Shearin’s daughter talked with Local Memphis to clear up any rumors circulating around social media.

 “I haven’t gotten the official report back yet, but from what they’re telling me it was most likely it was just a natural heart attack,” said Savannah Doles, Shearin’s daughter.

 Doles said does not suspect any foul play in her father’s death. She added Shearin had health issues and she believed the jail did what they could to help him.

 “I hate where it happened but I’m glad it was in his sleep,” said Doles.

 The TBI spent the day at the jail Thursday investigating Shearin’s death. 

 Lawler’s father, wrestling legend Jerry Lawler, said they still have questions about how the 46-year-old died.

 “It is a horrible horrible thing you wake up every single morning just hoping it was all a dream and then of course reality hits you it wasn’t,” Lawler said Friday.

 He does not believe Brian committed suicide.

 He and his attorney have been vocal, telling news outlets they have evidence to fuel their doubts.

 “I used to hate the word closure, but now it’s almost like you know that’s really what we’re looking for you want to know what actually happened to your loved one,” said Lawler.

 The TBI said Friday their investigation into Lawler’s death is ongoing.

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