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Autopsy: Suspect in priest’s death took own life

Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – An autopsy of a man accused of killing a Roman Catholic priest and taking the victim’s car on a family vacation to Walt Disney World shows he died in a jailhouse suicide.

Rankin County Coroner Jimmy Roberts told The Associated Press that the state medical examiner’s office concluded 33-year-old Jeremy Wayne Manieri died from death by hanging.

Manieri was found dead early Thursday in a prison cell in Rankin County with a sheet wrapped around his neck. He was not on suicide watch.

He had been charged with shooting the Rev. Ed Everitt of Hammond, La., in July 2011 at a beach house in Waveland, Miss.

Manieri’s attorney, Brian Alexander, says he was shocked by the suicide but his client was doubtful he would get a fair trial.

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