On the morning of October 26th, 2020, jail staff discovered James Palmucci deceased within his cell.
James Palmucci originally entered the Charlotte County Jail on 83 charges against children. James was cleared for a general population pod with similar classified inmates and housed alone in a cell.
Per policy, corrections deputies walk the pod once every 60 minutes to ensure all inmates’ safety and security. Around 6 am before shifting change, James Palmucci was observed in his cell.
This morning, jail staff went to notify Palmucci of the morning’s court appearance. At this time, James Palmucci was discovered deceased in his cell with fabric located around his neck. Detention members and jail medical staff performed life-saving measures as Charlotte County EMS was en route.
Detectives with the Charlotte County Major Crimes Unit are conducting interviews and investigating this incident. There has been no threat to Palmucci during his stay within the Charlotte County Jail, and no one who had contact with him recalled him uttering statements eluding to self-harm.
Next of kin has been notified, and once the official autopsy is completed, this post will be updated—source: Charlotte County Sheriff.