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W. Pa. kidnapping suspect dead after jail hanging

January 31, 2014
Associated Press

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man who had been charged with kidnapping a woman at gunpoint earlier this month has died days after he was found to have hanged himself in his county jail cell.

The Westmoreland County coroner tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ( ) that the family of 42-year-old Dennis Backus took him off life support Wednesday night. An autopsy Thursday revealed he died of injuries consistent with being found hanged on Monday.

Coroner Kenneth Bacha (BATCH'-uh) says Backus was likely brain dead before he was admitted a Greensburg hospital.

State police arrested the Hempfield man on Jan. 23, a week after he allegedly abducted the woman at gunpoint. Backus had been under a protection-from-abuse order to have no contact with the New Stanton woman when the abduction occurred.


Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,



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