Sherer had been held in the Walker County Jail since Sept. 3 and was facing capital murder charges for the shooting death of Thomas Smith. The shooting took place at Smith’s home on Edgil Road near Jasper.
Walker County Sheriff John Mark Tirey confirmed Sherer had attempted suicide Monday. Tirey said Sherer was taken to Walker Baptist Medical Center where he died Tuesday. Tirey said he could not give details regarding the incident because it is currently under investigation by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.
Phone calls by the Daily Mountain Eagle to the ABI were not returned as of press time Wednesday.
Sherer was being represented by Brian Royster and Nich Sparks of the Royster, Sparks and Diamond law firm. His attorneys released a written statement Wednesday.
“We are deeply saddened and disturbed to learn of the passing of our client, Michael Lynn Sherer,” the release said. “Although the rules of ethics limit what comments we can make, we can say that we strongly believe that the evidence at trial would have shown that Mr. Sherer suffered from severe mental afflictions that were beyond his control, which only compounds the tragedy in his case and in his unfortunate passing.”
The release said Sherer’s actions in the alleged crime were due to mental illness.
“We also believe that the evidence would have shown his alleged actions were sharply contrasted to the Michael Sherer who was loved by many and known as a humble and gentle spirit,” the release said. “He was undoubtedly a victim of mental illness at the time of the alleged crime and at the time of his death. Our thoughts and prayers are with his entire family during this most unfortunate time.”