A suspect in a Massachusetts homicide has been found dead in his prison hospital room of an apparent suicide.
The Telegram & Gazette reports that Dean Valchuis, of Berlin, was in state custody awaiting trial in connection with the death of 58-year-old Roger Bemis, of Clinton, in February.
The Department of Correction says Valchuis was pronounced dead early Thursday at the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital Correctional Unit in Boston.
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He was found unresponsive in his bed with a ligature around his neck.
Valchius was being treated for injuries he sustained after falling from a tree stand.
Police found Valchuis in his backyard with serious injuries after they went to his home to arrest him.
The Suffolk district attorney's office is investigating Valchuis' death.