Authorities say an Ottawa, KS, man is dead after using his eyeglasses to cut his throat while jailed in Clay County, MO.
Officials are investigating the death of 46-year-old Eugene Hilliard, who was unresponsive when a deputy found him Saturday morning at the Clay County Detention Center. Sheriff Bob Boydston says he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Hilliard is suspected of breaking a portion of his eyeglasses. The initial report is that he created a sharp edge by rubbing the glasses on the concrete wall or floor.
"They found him in his cell, in his bunk alone, covered with a sheet and blanket with his face to the wall and when they tried to arouse him, they discovered a large amount of blood and subsequently all the evidence indicates to us that there was a suicide," Bob Boydston with the Clay County Sheriff's Department said.
Hilliard was brought to the jail Tuesday on felony charges of attempted statutory sodomy. Boydston said Hilliard displayed no signs of depression. He had recently requested to be moved after being placed in a holding day room because other inmates had found out about the charges against him.
Copyright 2012 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed this report.
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