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Second inmate suicide at Weber County Jail within a month

Published December 10, 2012 5:00 pm

Corrections • Accused killer was first, but second suicide surprises jail staff.
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For the second time within a month's time, a Weber County jail inmate has committed suicide.

The first suicide was by a man charged with murder. But Sheriff's Chief Deputy Klint Anderson said it was the second inmate's suicide, believed unrelated to the first, that "took us by surprise."

"It is unusual for us to have two in a month," Anderson said, estimating that the jail typically may have "two or three" prisoner suicides in an entire year.

Early Sunday morning, 22-year-old Ieve Dominguez was found dead, having hung himself with a bed sheet.

"He was only facing some misdemeanors, minor stuff. He had been seen by a health worker on Thursday. We do screenings on all inmates and there was no indication of him being depressed or considering suicide," Anderson said.

Dominguez was fine when jail officers checked him at 11:30 p.m. Saturday in his single-occupancy cell. He was found dead an hour later.

He had earlier been charged with class A misdemeanor providing of false information to a police officer, and two class B misdemeanor failure to appear counts.

On Nov. 14, 43-year-old Jeffery Dean White was discovered hanging from a bed sheet in his cell. White, facing trial for murder in the death of his girlfriend, 38-year-old Marnie Stark, was being housed in a maximum security unit and was not on suicide watch, but was being checked every 45 to 60 minutes by jail officers per policy.

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