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Alabama Condemned Prisoner Commits Suicide with Unknown Object

An Alabama prisoner on death row killed himself with an unknown object. In 2005, Jason Jones, 29, was convicted of the 2004 beating and stabbing deaths of his parents, Nancy and Dr. Tim Jones, in their Monroeville, Alabama residence. "I am a monster," Jones told the jury. "I have no remorse for what I did. I deserve to die." The jury agreed.

On September 2, 2006, Jones bled to death in his cell on death row, according to Richard Allen, Alabama's Corrections Commissioner. He had injuries to his neck and in the bend of his right elbow, but prison officials could not determine what Jones used to kill himself. A safety razor found in Jones' cell was intact, said Brian Corbett, a prison spokesman. However, prisoners may purchase single disposable razors in order to comply with prison policy requiring that every prisoner be clean shaven, noted Corbett. Only suicidal prisoners are prohibited from possessing a razor. "As far as the danger," Corbett said, "a pen or pencil can kill you."

Source: Associated Press

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