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.
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