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Metairie man facing rape charge dies, found hanging in jail cell

Deputies found the 40-year-old inmate just before 7:30 p.m. suspended by a ligature around his neck.
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JEFFERSON PARISH, La. — An inmate at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center has died after he was found hanging in his cell Wednesday morning.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto said deputies found the 40-year-old inmate just before 7:30 p.m. suspended by a ligature around his neck. The inmate was pronounced dead shortly later. 

Lopinto said the man’s death is believed to be a suicide and there is no indication of foul play.

The sheriff added that the inmate was a Metairie resident who was being held at the correctional center since Jan. 19 on charges of first-degree rape and sexual battery. Lopinto did not share the man’s name.

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