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The arrested Tennessee man flew to California and told his father that his girlfriend killed herself in front of the police

45-year-old Tennessee man is arrested for flying to California to tell his father that his girlfriend committed suicide before reporting her death to the police

  • Jimmy Beck Jr. was arrested after failing to report his girlfriend’s death
  • Beck Jr., 45, went to California to tell his father about Melanie Herndon’s death
  • His father eventually called the Benton County Sheriff to inform them
  • Herndon was found dead in her apartment from a self-inflicted gunshot wound
  • Beck Jr. was arrested and taken to the Benton County Jail on $ 5,000 bail
  • The suicide took place in November 2019, but Beck Jr. was arrested on Monday when he returned to Tennessee

A Tennessee man has been charged after telling his father about his girlfriend’s suicide instead of reporting it to authorities.

An investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Benton County Sheriff’s Office resulted in 45-year-old Jimmy Beck Jr. was charged with failing to report a death under suspicious, unusual or unnatural circumstances and tampering with or making up evidence.

Initial investigators were told that Melanie Herndon had died when Beck’s father, who lives in Los Angeles, called the Benton County Sheriff’s Office to notify them.

Jimmy Beck Jr. was arrested after failing to report his girlfriend's death

Jimmy Beck Jr. was arrested after failing to report his girlfriend’s death

Beck Jr. told his father that Herndon had killed himself that morning and flew straight to California to tell him in person rather than informing the local police according to The Tennessean.

Beck Jr. is said to have been asked to report on what had happened.

Law enforcement officials found Herndon’s body at her home in Big Sandy, Tennessee, west of Nashville, on November 26, 2019.

An autopsy revealed that Herndon had indeed died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Beck Jr. was arrested and booked on $ 5,000 bail in Benton County Jail Monday after returning from California.

For confidential support, call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255

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