Ark. sheriff: Teen murder suspect found hanging
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A 16-year-old Arkansas boy suspected in the fatal stabbing of another teen died over the weekend after workers at a juvenile detention center found him hanging from a bedsheet, a sheriff said Monday.
The death of the 16-year-old is being investigated as a suicide, said Steve Jeffery, sheriff in Independence County in northeast Arkansas. The teen's name has not been released because he was a minor.
Jeffery said the teen was being held on a murder charge in the death of 18-year-old Nicholas Zurosky. Police said Zurosky was a suspect himself in the shooting death of another 18-year-old, Lisa Steele, before he turned up dead last week in Paragould, about 150 miles northeast of Little Rock.
The relationship between the three teens wasn't clear. Both Zurosky and Steele were found dead within a week at the home where Zurosky lived in Paragould. A police report listed a different address in Paragould for Steele.
Zurosky was found stabbed to death on Thursday, Paragould police said. Then on Friday, police announced they had four people in custody, including the 16-year-old, in connection with Zurosky's death. That same night, about 90 miles away in Batesville, workers at the juvenile detention center found the 16-year-old hanging in his cell.
The teen was taken to a local hospital and then flown to Little Rock, where he was pronounced dead early Saturday.