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Cook County Jail inmate found dead in apparent suicide

Thursday, September 07, 2017
Chicago Tribune
by Deanese Williams-Harris

A Chicago man held on charges of attempted murder was found dead in his cell at Cook County Jail, an apparent suicide, officials said.

Nathaniel Griffin Jr., 23, was found hanging and unresponsive Tuesday by correctional officers, according to sheriff's spokeswoman Cara Smith.

Griffin, of the 7200 block of South Dorchester Avenue, was pronounced dead at 5:50 p.m. at the jail, according to the medical examiner's office.

Smtih said the death appeared to be a suicide, but the cause of death was pending autopsy results.

Griffin was accused of firing into a car last fall and wounding two men, 55 and 54, according to police.

Police at the time said the shooting may have been domestic but did not elaborate.

Griffin had been held without bail on attempted murder charges since April 12, Smith said. According to court records, his last court appearance was Aug. 24.



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