Report: Mesquite pastor facing rape charge kills himself

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Posted on May 22, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Updated Monday, May 23 at 9:59 AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State Police are investigating the death of a Mesquite pastor who killed himself while in custody on a sexual assault charge.

Sgt. T.S. Mills tells media outlets that 41-year-old Matthew Jarrell of Terrell, Texas, hanged himself with a bed sheet in his cell.

Jarrell was the pastor at the Open Door Baptist Church in Mesquite.

Regional jail authority acting chief of operations John Lopez says Jarrell was found late Saturday night. Efforts to revive him weren't successful. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

Jarrell was being held at the South Central Regional Jail in Kanawha County following his arrest Thursday on a second-degree sexual assault charge. Police say Jarrell was accused of sexually assaulting a woman he had met in a Charleston bar.

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