Accused killer commits suicide in jail

January 22, 2009 4:33:57 PM PST
A jailed Tyler man accused of the kidnapping and mutilation death of his girlfriend killed himself by overdosing on a prescribed drug. Smith County Sheriff J.B. Smith on Thursday released autopsy results indicating Christopher McCuin died of an overdose from an antidepressant prescribed by a jail psychologist.

The 26-year-old inmate died Dec. 7 after being found unresponsive in his cell. Smith says McCuin committed suicide.

McCuin was charged with capital murder in the January 2008 death of 21-year-old Jana Shearer of Whitehouse.

Police have said they found an ear boiling in a pot on a stove at the crime scene, and a hunk of flesh on a plate. Authorities say it was unclear whether McCuin consumed any part of the victim's body.

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