Inmate charged in death

In what is believed to be a first at the Cabarrus County Jail, one inmate has been charged in the death of another, authorities said Tuesday.

Jamal Wright, 17, of Kannapolis was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death last month of Timothy Andrew Parker, 23, of Concord, the county sheriff's office said.

Wright, of the 600 block of Leonard Avenue, is being held without bond and was charged after a three-week investigation by the county sheriff's office and the State Bureau of Investigation.

Chief Deputy Paul Hunt said Wright assaulted Parker, but he could not provide additional details. An autopsy report listed the cause of death as blunt force trauma, Hunt said.

Parker had been in jail since May 13 on $3,000 bond for a violation of his probation on a marijuana possession charge. His last known address was 6801 Bost Cutoff Road, south of Mount Pleasant.

Around noon May 17, a jail nurse found Parker unresponsive after being told by other prisoners that he had a possible seizure. He was taken to Carolinas Medical Center – NorthEast in Concord, where he died the next day.

Members of Parker's family declined to comment Tuesday.

In the past 11 years, the only other deaths at the jail were two by suicide and two from natural causes, Hunt said.

Researcher Sara Klemmer contributed.