St. Joseph County inmate identified as previous suspect in murder case

 Raymond McCarty
Raymond McCarty (WNDU)
Published: Feb. 25, 2018 at 7:28 PM EST
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Officials have released the identity of the St. Joseph County Jail inmate who died Sunday.

Raymond McCarty, 52, was discovered unconscious in a medical cell during a routine check.

The officer called for help from in-house medical staff who began CPR. South Bend medics were also called to the scene, but they weren't able to revive McCarty.

The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit was called to handle the investigation.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

According to jail records, McCarty is from Mill Creek, which is in LaPorte County.

McCarty was previously the suspect in a high-profile murder case in Michiana in 1993.

He was jailed for 16 months after being charged with the murder of 16-year-old Rayna Rison.

Prosecutors dropped murder charges against McCarty and set him free in August of 1999.

While McCarty admitted that he sexually assaulted Rison when she was 12 years old, he said he had nothing to do with her murder.

A decade later, Jason Tibbs was convicted of killing Rison and sentenced to 40 years in prison in 2014.