Man charged in killing girlfriend in Wise County hangs self in jail cell

David Malone

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David Malone was arrested in connection with the disappearance of Samantha McNorton.

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by JIM DOUGLAS

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Posted on November 22, 2012 at 12:10 PM

DECATUR – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office says David Malone, the man charged with killing his 28-year-old girlfriend and leading police to her body, hanged himself in his jail cell Wednesday night.

Sheriff David Walker says Malone was found in his cell with a bed sheet wrapped around his neck at 9:45 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Malone, 29, was charged with killing Samantha McNorton. She was last seen on Nov. 2 at the One Stop convenience store in Runaway Bay. Her body was recovered last Sunday in north Decatur. 

In a jailhouse interview earlier this week, Malone said he acted “in the heat of passion” after suspecting his girlfriend of cheating on him. He was arrested last Thursday on a sexual assault charge in Parker County and led authorities to McNorton’s body. 

He was formally charged with murder and moved from the Parker County Jail to Wise County on Sunday.  

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