The former Kearney man accused of murdering two prostitutes in 2011 and 2012 has died as a result of his suicide attempt, according to authorities.
Derek Richardson was found at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 7, attempting suicide in the Clay County Jail, according to a press release from the Clay County Sheriff's Department.
At 4:42 p.m. Thursday, April 11, Richardson "succumbed to his injury," a press release stated.
Medical personnel will complete their organ donor procedure prior to releasing the deceased to the Jackson County Medical Examiner, according to the press release from the Sheriff's Department.
"This investigation will not be complete until the Sheriff’s Office receives and reviews the Medical Examiner’s report," the press release stated.
Sheriff's Department spokesman Will Akin said he could not detail how Richardson committed suicide because it was an ongoing investigation.
Derek Richardson attempted to commit suicide Sunday morning, according to a Clay County authorities.
About 10 a.m. Sunday, April 7, Richardson was found attempting to take his own life while in his cell at the Clay County Jail, according to a press release from the sheriff’s department.
Richardson, a former Kearney resident, is charged with two counts of murder and two counts of abandonment of a corpse for the deaths of prostitutes Tamara Sparks and Nicoleone Reed. Reed’s body was found in the Kearney city limits in August 2012.
Richardson was arrested earlier this year and indicted by a grand jury. Last month he requested a change of venue for his trial. No ruling had been made at the time of his death.
According to the press release issued Monday on Sunday's suicide attempt, deputies “quickly implemented lifesaving measures and emergency medical personnel later transported him to a local hospital for further treatment.”
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