The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an apparent suicide in the Cherokee County jail on Monday, according to Cherokee Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Jay Baker.

According to a sheriff's office incident report:

The body of David Wayne Mills, 55, of Acworth was discovered in a holding cell near the booking area at 10:46 p.m. Monday with a ligature around his neck. 

Jail staff members tried to revive Mills using CPR and Cherokee County EMS was called. EMS staff evaluated Mills when they arrived and pronounced him dead.

Mills was in a holding cell by himself at the time of the incident, Baker said. The death appears to be a case of “self-asphyxiation," he said.

Mills was being booked into the jail on a charge of driving under the influence.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation responded to the jail and is investigating, as it does in all cases of deaths when a person is in law enforcement custody, Baker said.

The GBI was called in during the summer to investigate the suspected suicide of inmate Nicholas King, of Acworth. King's body was discovered by jail staff inside his locked cell.

GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said Tuesday that the investigation into King's death is ongoing. When it's completed, the GBI will forward its findings to Cherokee County District Attorney Shannon Wallace. At the time of his death King was facing charges of criminal damage to property, theft of services and disorderly house.

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Gary Tanner is managing editor of The Cherokee Tribune, Cherokee Ledger-News and Cherokee Life magazine. He has been working as a journalist since 1985.

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