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.