Autopsy today for dead Berkeley inmate


Authorities found an inmate dead in his bunk at the Berkeley County jail Wednesday morning and scheduled an autopsy today to see what killed him.

County Coroner Bill Salisbury identified the inmate as 32-year-old Jason Stout of Moncks Corner. Authorities did not release any further details from the case, but Salisbury said he would share more information after the autopsy.

Berkeley sheriff’s investigators said the death was reported about 10:30 a.m. They turned the investigation over to the State Law Enforcement Division, which typically launches an investigation when an inmate dies at a jail.

Booking records show Stout arrived at Hill-Finklea Detention Center in Moncks Corner on March 30 on two family court bench warrants. His family members could not be reached for comment.

A state criminal records check shows a history of domestic violence charges. Stout was arrested on the charge twice in 1999 and again in 2000 and in 2007, according to state records.

In the 2007 case, Stout was convicted and sentenced to a year in prison, records show. The judge suspended the sentence to 30 days behind bars and a year of probation. Outcomes of the previous cases were not immediately available Wednesday.

In his most recent arrest, North Charleston police picked up Stout on a misdemeanor charge of possession of hypodermic needles and syringes in 2008, according to state records.

Reach Allyson Bird at 937-5594 or jbird.