Inmate in Fatal Escape Attempts Suicide

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

A Huntsville prisoner was hospitalized after a failed suicide attempt, just days after his escape and recapture.

Jerry Martin, one of the inmates accused of killing corrections officer Susan Canfield tried to hang himself Wednesday morning.

Martin, 37, was found by prison officials at 5:25 a.m. Wednesday inside his Estelle Unit cell.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials say the Martin used his boxer shorts to hang himself from a light fixture.

Martin was taken to a Huntsville hospital and released early Wednesday afternoon.

He and fellow inmate, John Ray Falk fled a work detail Monday, stole a truck and fatally ran over corrections officer Susan Canfield.

Martin and Falk are currently being held on their original charges.

Martin was serving a 50-year sentence for attempted murder out of Collin County. Falk was serving a life sentence for a Matagorda County murder.

The Walker County District Attorney's office says the two could face numerous charges, including capital murder, when their cases go to a grand jury in late October.

Meanwhile, the state prison system's independent investigator and the Texas Rangers are reviewing Monday's escape.

Officials say a male guard on horseback allowed one of the inmates too close to him while overseeing their work detail with Canfield.

The inmate pulled the guard to the ground before escaping and killing Canfield.

No disciplinary action has been taken. A serious incident review will be conducted this month, to see what changes need to be made.

Meanwhile, funeral arrangements have been set for Susan Canfield. A viewing will take place Friday evening from 4 to 8 p.m. at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home. The funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Johnson Coliseum at Sam Houston State University.

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