Smith County murder suspect inmate dies in custody

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A Smith County jail inmate, accused of murder, was found dead in custody Saturday.

According to Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith, detention officers were preparing to feed inmates on the second floor of the facility when they were notified of an inmate found nonresponsive.

Officers entered the cell to find Randall Lamont Britton, 32, of Tyler, unresponsive.

A “code blue” or medical emergency was issued.

Jail medical personnel arrived a short time later and began CPR, according to Smith.

Tyler Fire and EMS personel arrived on scene and continued CPR until Britton was pronounced dead.

As is standard protocol in the event of a death in custody, Texas Rangers were notified.

Ranger Chris Baggett was called in and began a dead in custody investigation.

Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Quincy Beavers ordered an autopsy, which will be completed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensics in Dallas.

He was last checked on at 4:04 p.m. and 4:47 p.m. Saturday. Officials was he was seen in his cell and alert.

During feeding, around 5:25 p.m., autorities found him unresponsive.

Britton was booked into the Smith County jail on August 8, 2014 and was charged with murder and tampering/fabricating physical evidence with intent impair human corpse. 

His total bond was $750,000.00.

Back at the end of October, Britton plead guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter.

His sentencing hearing was scheduled for November 30 in Judge Kerry Russell’s court.

Back in 2014, deputies were called to a house in the northeastern part of Smith County shortly before 2 a.m. August 18.

That’s where they found R. L. Britton dead in the laundry room of the house on Jackson Avenue.

In an interview with KETK, his mother told us Britton suffered from schizophrenia and she tried multiple times to get him help.

Luretha Britton says everyone close to Randall was shocked to hear what happened, because that wasn’t the man they knew

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