Texas Rangers investigate Leon County inmate death

CENTERVILLE, Texas (AP) - An inmate in a Central Texas jail has been found hanged as he awaited transfer to prison on a domestic violence conviction.

Texas Rangers will help investigate the Leon County Jail death of 37-year-old John French of Normangee (NAR'-man-jee).

Jailers early Wednesday discovered French's body in his cell. Officials say a bed sheet had been used in the hanging and that the inmate was alone in the cell.

An autopsy has been ordered.

French earlier this month was sentenced to 18 years in prison for continuous family violence. Records show he was arrested last May over an alleged assault on his wife.