Hoover murder suspect found dead in jail cell; homicide investigation underway

Hoover murder suspect found dead in jail cell; homicide investigation underway
Ledarius Peterson was awaiting trial for the murder of his roommate. (Source: WBRC)

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -A 23-year-old man accused of murdering his roommate in 2017 has been found dead in his cell at the Jefferson County Jail in Birmingham.

Ledarius Jakuad Peterson was found unresponsive around 8:15 last night. He was taken to UAB Hospital where he died. Peterson’s death is being investigated as a homicide.

Deputies along with the investigators from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency responded and found one inmate on top of the other assaulting him. Deputies were able to stop the assault and remove the inmate from the cell, while the other inmate was left motionless on the floor.

Deputies and the medical staff began efforts to revive the inmate. The person accused in Peterson’s death has not yet been identified.

Peterson was awaiting trial for the homicide of 26-year-old Shunoah Seantel Turner.

Police say his body was found in his bedroom with severe injuries to his face, head and torso. A hammer found nearby appears to have been used in the attack.

Peterson, was arrested a few hours later by Bessemer police on Academy Drive. Police say he was driving the victim’s car and had blood on his clothes.

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