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Teenage Inmate Committs Suicide

COLUMBIANA, Ala. (AP) - The Shelby County sheriff's office says
a 17-year-old being held at the county jail on a robbery charge
hanged himself in his cell, days before he was due for a court
appearance.

The sheriff's office says the body of Devon Blake Patterson of
Pelham was found early Thursday by corrections officers delivering
meals to inmates.

Patterson was being held in the adult facility because he was to
be tried as an adult.

Court records show he was indicted March 5 in an armed robbery
that happened in October. His arraignment had been set for Monday.


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