Connecticut stabbing case dismissed after defendant’s death

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David MacDowell. (Photo: Bethel Police Department)

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — The case against a Connecticut man charged with first-degree manslaughter in the stabbing death of his girlfriend has been dismissed after the defendant was found dead in his jail cell.

Officials say 34-year-old David MacDowell , of Bethel, was found “suspended from a ligature” in his cell on Sept. 5 at the Bridgeport Correctional Center. Staff at the facility unsuccessfully attempted to revive MacDowell.

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The Danbury News-Times reports that the case was dismissed on Tuesday during a Superior Court hearing. A judge denied a motion to unseal court documents that would reveal the victim’s identity.

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The state Department of Correction Security Division and Connecticut State police are investigating MacDowell’s death.

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Information from: The News-Times, http://www.newstimes.com

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