Jail inmate found dead in cell

September 25, 2010 3:45:29 PM PDT
A Montgomery County jail inmate was found dead, hanging in his cell from a bed sheet tied to the bars. The Houston Chronicle reported Saturday that 39-year-old Earl Handy Jr. was discovered early Friday. Deputies administered CPR before Handy was taken to Conroe Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities said Handy, who was deaf, was being housed in a segregation cell for medical reasons.

Willis police had charged Handy with capital murder in the January stabbing death of his wife, 34-year-old Donna Handy, and with aggravated assault in the knife attack on Joseph Taylor.

The sheriff's major crimes unit and the Texas Rangers are investigating the hanging death.


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