Orange County Sheriff's Department (OSCD) officials announced late today that the local court system has one less criminal defendant to process because a pre-trial inmate died yesterday.
That man, 54-year-old Paul Michael Dewey, allegedly attempted suicide "while alone in the day room area of a housing module" on Oct. 30 inside the central jail in Santa Ana, according to a department press release issued late today.
Dewey died Monday in a hospital from those unspecified self-inflicted injuries.
Court records show that Dewey was arrested on Oct. 27 by Anaheim police for drug possession and a parole violation.
He had pleaded not guilty.
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Sheriff's officials did not release any other information--like how Dewey allegedly harmed himself and what efforts were taken to save his life, but investigators inside the Orange County District Attorney's office will investigate the death.
--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly