Saturday, September 25, 2010 | 12:09 PM
Michael Lynn Sherer, 51, of Double Springs, died Tuesday at Walker Baptist Medical Center, a day after he attempted to hang himself while in Walker Couny Jail.
Sherer was being held on capital murder charges relating to the August shooting death of Thomas Smith, his uncle, of Edgil Road in Walker County.
Sherer was in Walker County Jail since his September 3 extradiction from Hampton, Ga., where he was captured September 2 and where he reportedly confessed to the murder. Sherer escaped from Winston County Jail on August 5, when he walked away from the work release building. Inmates are being held in that building by court order.
Sherer's attorneys released a written statement Wednesday saying, “We are deeply saddened and disturbed to learn of the passing of our client.” The release also stated, "Although the rules of ethics limit what comments we can make, we can say that we strongly believe that the evidence at trial would have shown that Mr. Sherer suffered from severe mental afflictions that were beyond his control, which only compounds the tragedy in his case and in his unfortunate passing.”
Details beyond his hanging and death are not available because the incident is under investigation by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.