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Prisoner cuts off his own penis after asking to see his suicide


One Tennessee The death row inmate cut his own penis and slit his wrists with a razor after asking prison officials to put him in a lake to kill himself, according to his lawyer.

Henry Eugene Hodges, who was sentenced to death for the 1990 murder of a telephone repairman, sparked the bloody melee earlier this month. He did so for a food package.

Prison officials say Death Row inmate had his penis and wrist cut off because of a food package earlier this month

Prison staff refused to let him have a special package because he was one month short of six months of good conduct, his attorney Kelley Henry told Related press.

She said a corrections officer decided to stop feeding him to try to get him to stop smearing feces around his cell, prompting Hodges to cut his own wrists with a razor he hid in his cell. at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institute in Nashville, she said.

He is then said to have requested to be monitored for suicide at the prison infirmary.

However, a “senior” prison officer told the nurse treating Hodges that he was manipulating them and could be placed on suicide watch when he returned to his cell.

It was there that he later amputated his own penis.

Doctors re-link member of Hodges, with prison staff needing to strengthen his restraint

According to the lawyer, doctors were able to miraculously reattach his penis at a hospital, before he returned to prison, where he remained confined and confined to a thin mattress. on a concrete block.

He was initially held for four points, but was able to release his hand and remove his catheter, prompting officials to place him in the six-point box, she told the AP.

He eventually agreed to take the medication before being put back on the four-point restriction regimen, however he was not allowed to get out of bed or walk. He also went on a hunger strike.

(Photo by Cécile Clocheret / AFP) (Photo by CECILE CLOCHERET / AFP via Getty Images)

Hodges’ attorney had previously been diagnosed with mixed bipolar disorder with psychotic episodes, his attorney continued.

“He needs competent mental health care. Surely the prison can find a place to put him in where he doesn’t pose a danger to himself or others and doesn’t have to be tied up like an animal,” she told the AP.

Hodges is on death row for murdering a phone repairman, a chemical engineer in two separate murders

Henry added that she needs to speak to general counsel Debbie Inglis, who has been placed on leave. The Tennessee Department of Corrections did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the AP.

In 1992, Hodges was sentenced to death for the May 1990 murder of Ronald Bassett.

He was also convicted of another murder in Georgia, where he killed a North Carolina chemical engineer at an Atlanta hotel.


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