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The Frederick County Adult Detention Center.

An inmate accused of killing his girlfriend was found dead in his cell at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center Wednesday morning.

Correctional staff conducting a routine headcount found Chris Lee Myers, 41, of Jefferson, dead in his cell at about 7 a.m., according to a statement from the sheriff’s office. Correctional staff immediately attempted life-saving efforts, but those were unsuccessful. Staff had last checked on him at approximately 6:30 a.m.

Evidence investigators found indicates suicide by hanging, according to the sheriff’s office. Myers was not on suicide watch, as there was reportedly no indication to detention center or medical staff that Myers was a threat to himself, according to the statement.

Myers had, however, been placed on administrative segregation after recently attempting to escape, the sheriff’s office said. Documented logs checked by the sheriff’s office show staff made the required cell checks throughout the day, according to authorities.

His former girlfriend, 24-year-old Heather Williams, was found dead from head trauma inside her home in the 4500 block of Jefferson Pike on May 1, 2019, according to a previous News-Post article. Myers reportedly lived with her. He was driving Williams’ vehicle when Baltimore Police Department stopped him for a traffic violation. Police reportedly found blood stains and Williams’ purse and phone inside the vehicle.

Myers had a pre-trial conference scheduled for next week on the charge of first-degree murder. The trial was to begin in June.

Circuit Court supervisor Jennifer Dayton, of the Frederick County Office of the Public Defender, was one of the attorneys assigned to Myers’ case.

“Mr. Myers was looking forward to his day in court and I am shocked and saddened to learn of his death. My deepest condolences to his family,” she wrote in an email Wednesday.

This marks the second inmate death and apparent suicide by hanging at the detention center within a month. A Hagerstown woman was found dead in her cell by another inmate Dec. 26.

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(19) comments

mikekoob

A common element in these two suicides is the use of isolation. Solitary Confinement is torture. People are social animals.

Reader1954

if you can't do the time, don't do the crime. Guess he didn't want to do the time

MrSniper

“A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” Mahatma Ghandi. If people really want a great America, here is a good place to start. I can imagine a no more marginalized group than the criminals or people we accuse of crime that are incarcerated.

NedRyerson

According to the article, he was subjected to thirty minute checks and he wasn't on suicide watch. It's tragic that he died but the circumstances that brought him to jail are also tragic and we should consider all the victims here.

MrSniper

No we shouldn’t. That job is for a jury of his peers. The article states what most likely is what was written in the statements taken from those in whose care he was placed that was supposed to happen. I would take those statements with the skepticism that any case attached to a dead person deserve. These things don’t happen repeatedly in well designed & well run facilities. The only thing more shocking than this happening again is how casual our community seems to be responding to it. If those entrusted with the care of inmates aren’t up to the task of keeping them alive long enough to even get to trial, then clearly that is not the right occupation for them.

KellyAlzan

Innocent until proven guilty as well

KarlBickel

This follows the December 26, 2020 suicide by hanging at the jail. Is this going to be another spate of jail suicides? https://www.fredericknewspost.com/archive/adult-detention-center-suicides-a-crisis-in-leadership/article_9839dda6-5f01-52ae-9cc9-41637454c3f3.html

KellyAlzan

All inmate in prisons and detention facilities are the responsibility of the institution or entity that is housing them.

The FCSO seems to be struggling to manage this serious and critical responsibility.

bosco

So, PB, what is your plan to ensure nobody housed in the detention center commits suicide. Exactly how?

KellyAlzan

I am not the sheriff. Right now there is a serious crises at the detention facility under the FCSO that needs immediate attention.

bosco

What I said PB is this:

"So, PB, what is your plan to ensure nobody housed in the detention center commits suicide. Exactly how?"

Still no answer?

C.D.Reid

Splitting hairs does not make you look any less foolish, Plumbum. Why don't you simply answer bosco's question? As someone proficient in total BS, you should be able to come up with some kind of reply.

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KellyAlzan

No. That’s not what Bocow asked. I’d tell you to pay attention, but you can’t pay attention if you can’t read...........

Reader1954

good

C.D.Reid

[thumbup]

mattlemp

Hmmm, no comments? Maybe these people could be provided slightly less material with which to hang themselves?

KellyAlzan

It’s so frequent there, we’ve become numb to it. Trumpkins needs to resign

bosco

What is your plan to prevent ALL suicides, PB?

C.D.Reid

He was not on suicide watch, and any inmates who aren't are entitled to standard items like sheets, etc.

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