Mississippi County, MO — Somer Nunnally made a reckless decision to ingest multiple pills and then get behind the wheel of a car. She then wrecked the car and was arrested for DUI and brought to jail. While Nunnally certainly should’ve been held accountable in some fashion, these poor decisions were most assuredly not worthy of a death sentence. But, that’s what she got.

Nunnally, a mother of two, was out with a friend one night in May of 2015 when she was involved in a single-car crash. When police showed up to the scene, Nunnally was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

Police then brought Nunnally to the hospital after they found out she had taken the pills. However, they did not bring her there for help. According to a lawsuit recently filed on her behalf, Nunnally was only brought to the hospital for a blood test to gather evidence against her.

Once police took her blood as evidence, she was booked into the Mississippi County jail where she would die a slow and humiliating death — all as guards watched and laughed for their own amusement, according to the suit.

“This particular case, it really is a tragedy,” attorney Sam Wendt tells the Riverfront Times. “They had an awful lot of time to provide her with medical care.”


As the Times reports, the complaint describes surveillance video of Nunnally’s final hours inside the jail. The footage reportedly shows the young woman unable to sit up straight, slumping forward during the initial booking before staff locked her in a cell at 9:41 p.m. During the next seven-plus hours, jail staffers walk in and out of the cell or peer in on her, according to the suit.

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For hours Nunnally drifts in and out of consciousness as the officers look on with seeming enjoyment.

The complaint says that Nunnally “makes no apparent movements after 2:18 a.m.” In spite of her obvious distress, no officers call for help, check her vitals, or even go so far as to ask her if she is okay.

At 4:43 a.m., according to the lawsuit, surveillance camera footage shows one of the guards looks in on her and “starts laughing and jumps back at what he sees.”

The cop was laughing at the fact that Nunnally had urinated on herself. He then called in the other officers to gawk at the young mother — as she died. Despite seeing that she’d urinated on herself, the officers did nothing.

When the ambulance was finally called — after the officers fulfilled their sadistic desire for horrific entertainment — it was too late. The Times reports that County Coroner Terry Parker pronounced Nunnally dead at 5 a.m. Parker noted the cause of death from a “mixed-drug intoxication.”

Nunnally’s death was entirely preventable. However, because police chose to gawk and laugh at her as she died, instead of render aid, her children will now grow up without their mom.

The lawsuit will now seek to hold those officers responsible.

As the Times points out, the suit, brought by the father of Nunnally’s two young children on the kids’ behalf, bears troubling similarities to a previous suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. In that case, Hutcheson and his subordinates at the jail are accused of ignoring a pregnant inmate’s desperate pleas for medical help. The woman suffered for five days in 2014 before Hutcheson finally sent her across Missouri to a state women’s prison, the suit alleges. Her baby was stillborn.

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The jail administrator, two Charleston cops, two jailers, the county, and sheriff Cory Hutcheson — who presided over the jail when Nunnally died — are named as defendants in the lawsuit.

As the Free Thought Project reported last month, Hutcheson is already in a world of hurt. On April 5, he was arrested following an investigation by the State Highway Patrol and the FBI. Attorney General Josh Hawley said the arrest of Hutcheson, who authorities say is guilty of multiple felonies, is the result of two separate investigations.

According to KVFS News, “In the first complaint, Hutcheson faces seven counts of forgery, seven counts of tampering with computer data, and one count of notary misconduct. Hawley said Hutcheson is accused of using his position to illegally ping the cell phone of several members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, former Mississippi County Sheriff Keith Moore, and Circuit Judge David Dolan.”

But Hutcheson’s crimes were not limited to spying on his colleagues. Apparently, the sheriff also used his position to bully other members of the community as retaliation for involving themselves with other members of his family.

KVFS writes, “In the second complaint, Hutcheson is charged with second-degree assault, first-degree robbery, and false declaration. Hutcheson is accused of handcuffing a 77-year-old woman with enough force that she had a heart attack. Hawley said that the victim was in the hospital for three days. Investigators said Hutcheson arrested the woman because she was in a civil dispute with one of his family members.”

Hutcheson remains Sheriff of Mississippi County.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.
  • The Cat’s Vagina

    This is just sick and it’s going to get A LOT worse before it gets any better. Since the law isn’t going to do ANYTHING to avenge this woman, I’m going to have to rely on the forces of Karmic Justice to deal with these cunts.

    • Matthew Kulesza

      You don’t sound like a pussy……., Cat.

      • avelworldcreator

        She’s got claws and a respectable sense of fairness and justice.

        • The Cat’s Vagina

          Thank you – that compliment means a lot to me!

    • GAZOO2

      karmic justice with a side of vigilante- ism.

    • shumee

      Karma doesn’t do anything in reality either.

  • Frank Rice

    What kind of people are they hiring into law enforcement and corrections? They do not seem to be very well trained or compassionate. If they knew she was under the influence of some kind of drug the decreased level of consciousness should have warned them something was wrong.

    • Whatever

      Not if they don`t Care ..

    • Alienate

      What kind of people? MANY are PTSD ex-military who can’t find a normal job as a result of their transformation into goons.

      • Domina Elle

        The marshall project

      • jonn

        Really? And I’m sure you have links to the “facts” you state?

        • Alienate

          https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/03/30/when-veterans-become-cops-some-bring-war-home/99349228/ Is just one of dozens of articles talking about PTSD and Cops. From both ex-Military and on the job Copping. Next time do your own research. You lazy smart ass.

          • Bill the eighth

            jonn is just another uneducated, easily manipulated ignorant sheeple.

          • jonn

            Why should I research your blanket statements with no facts to back it up? Post your links of your facts with your statements. Talk about being a lazy fuck! We’re supposed to take your word as gospel? Yeah, right…….grow up and stop being a dumb-ass.

    • shumee

      Dumbasses. Most police are on the lower intelligence side, and not educated.

  • Tom

    I see a prison in the sheriff’s future. And he won’t have keys or be on the outside.

    • PJ London

      You are dreaming, he has a fancy costume, badge and a union that will spend millions to ensure that justice is not done.
      Suspended, then terminated, then a job in another town.

  • Whatever

    Police are not there to Help Citizens .. They are just Enforcers for the Rich Criminals ..

  • David Daisy May Boldock

    And they wonder why they get riots.

  • TuraNarEl

    It is incidents like this which illustrate why respect for police is so low. And, it’s not just about those that behaved like these officers. It’s all the other officers who’s initial reponse is “well, we don’t know the whole story yet,” and other ways to defend them. We ALL KNOW that we don’t necessarily have the whole story. That’s ALWAYS true at this point. But, the response should be “IF it turns out this story is accurate, then these officers have criminally besmirched the reputation of all officers, are np longer our brothers/sisters, and we support the seeking of prison time in that case.” This is why so few buy the “it’s a few bad apples” line. The refusal to change the culture in policing to where the average officer on the street WILL NOT TOLERATE unprofessional, let alone criminal behavior, leads MANY to lump most of them into that bad apple barrell (completely understandably). We get that you’re brothers and sisters in arms doing a dangerous and difficult job, where you have to rely on each other and trust each other with your lives. It’s a “brotherhood” so to speak. WE GET THAT. But, it’s time the culture becomes one where the attitude is “you abuse your power, knowingly break the law, lie in court, bring dishonor to your fellow officers through unprofessional, cruel, or criminal conduct – then you have betrayed your brotherhood and are no longer one of us.” It’s really not that complicated.

    • The Cat’s Vagina

      This is why so few buy the “it’s a few bad apples” line.

      Even if people do buy it, the saying doesn’t go “a few bad apples are nothing to worry about.” It’s “a few bad apples will spoil the whole barrel.” Therefore, people who argue that we shouldn’t get ourselves worked up over “a few bad apples” are IDIOTS who don’t even understand their own metaphors.

      • Bill the eighth

        If there was truly only “a few bad apples”, the good ones would clean them out. I don’t see that happening anywhere.

  • Alberto

    Disgusting cops not worthy of the position granted to them needs to be in the inside of a jail cell.

  • Ibcamn

    cops don’t ever want anything to do with medical,they will let you go into detox and die before they will help.cops are pure shit..worthless scumbags with a badge.

  • Bill the eighth

    Where are all the boot lickers defending the swine on this one?