Authorities say the evidence at the scene indicates it was a suicide.
Frederick, Md (KM) The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of an inmate at the Adult Detention Center. Authorities say Chris Lee Myers, 41, of Jefferson, was found deceased in his cell on Wednesday morning at around 7:00 by correctional staff doing a headcount. They says evidence at the scene indicates he hung himself.
Myers’ body has been taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office of an autopsy.
He’s been held since May, 2019, on 1st-degree murder, 2nd-degree murder, 1st- and 2nd-degree assault, reckless endangerment, 1st-degree arson and violation of probation charges . He was arrested for the death of his girlfriend, Heather Williams, 24, of Jefferson. The two lived together in a trailer park. .
The Sheriff’s Office says Myers was in administrative segregation due to a recent unsuccessful escape attempt. There was no indication to Detention Center personnel and medical staff that Myers was a threat to himself, and was not on a suicide watch. Authorities say all documented logs confirmed that the Detention Center staff made the required checks throughout the day.
This is the second death at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center in recent weeks. The Sheriff’s Office says on Saturday, December 26th, 2202. Ava Michelle Ricketts, 32, of Hagerstown, was found deceased in her cell at 5:30 PM.
Investigators say evidence at the scene indicated she hung herself. She was in a mandatory 14-day COVID quarantine, which is standard procedure for incoming inmates. Officials says there was no indication that Ricketts was a danger to herself, and she was not placed on a suicide watch.
Deputies arrested Ricketts on December 22nd, 2020, and she was awaiting trial on ten different offenses in Frederick County.
By Kevin McManus