A man charged with first-degree murder on Tuesday was found dead in an apparent suicide in his Wake County Detention Center jail cell, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Jose Humberto Lara-Pineda, 18, was charged on Tuesday with murder in the death of a man who was found in a wooded area off Calumet Drive and whom police determined had been strangled.
Lara-Pineda’s death appears to be the second suicide in a Triangle jail this week.
At 5:55 p.m. Tuesday, during the intake process while Lara-Pineda was in a single-occupancy cell, Lara-Pineda was found unresponsive with self-inflicted injuries, Sheriff’s Office spokesman John Jones said in a news release Saturday.
When Lara-Pineda’s body was found, emergency medical and life-saving procedures were initiated immediately by officers and medical staff, Jones said.
Lara-Pineda was then transported to WakeMed, Jones said. On Wednesday, the Sheriff’s Office was notified that Lara-Pineda had died.
Lara-Pineda’s death is still under investigation, Jones said.
Lara-Pineda was accused of killing Fredys Odilo Cid Ramos, 28, whose body was found early Sunday afternoon by cyclists near the Crabtree Creek Greenway.
Durham inmate suicide
The Durham County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that the death of an inmate Thursday was a suicide.
Uniece Glenae Fennell, 17, was found hanging from a window bar with a bed sheet wrapped around her neck, stated the report signed by Maj. Julia Couch, interim director of the Durham County Detention Center.
Fennell was being held in the shooting death of Andre Bond on July 10, 2016.
Fennell was in a cell by herself and was not on suicide watch at the time of her death, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Tamara Gibbs said.
Colin Warren-Hicks contributed to this report.