FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)- A capital murder suspect awaiting trial at the Washington County Detention Center committed suicide Thursday (Dec. 11), according to the Washington County Sheriff.
Detention officers found David E. Browning, Jr. unresponsive and slumped beside his bed with a pair of pants around his neck at about 12:25 a.m., a news release from the Sheriff’s Office states.
Browning’s jury trial was scheduled to start Jan. 20, 2015, according to court records. The suspect was charged with capital murder, terroristic threatening, battery, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, obstructing governmental operations and failure to appear, records state.
Authorities accused Browning of killing his girlfriend, 76-year-old Shirley Wolfe, at her Fayetteville home in August 2013.
After finding Browning unresponsive, detention officers began administering CPR until Central EMS and the Fayetteville Fire Department arrived on scene to take over, the news release states. Central EMS transported Browning to Washington Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead just after 1:30 a.m., according to the release.
Preliminary investigation shows Browing tied a pair of pants to his bunk railing, looped the pants around his neck, then sat down and twisted himself around until the pants became tight, according to the Sheriff’s Office release.
Detention officers checked on inmates every hour leading up to finding Browning unresponsive in his cell, the release states. Browning’s body will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab to confirm cause and manner of death.