November 3, 1996 in Nation/World

Murder Suspect Commits Suicide

Compiled From Wire Services

A man charged with the torture and dismemberment killings of two high school cheerleaders committed suicide in his jail cell Saturday by hanging himself with a shoelace, authorities said.

John B. Andrews, 31, had been in jail since Oct. 7, when he was arrested in the abductions of Sarah Hajney and Jennifer Bolduc, both 16.

An indictment Thursday charged Andrews with nine counts of first-degree murder, which carries a possible death sentence. District Attorney George Dentes had not yet decided whether he was going to seek the death penalty.

Andrews was found hanging from a wall-mounted metal clothes hook with a shoelace around his neck, Dentes said.

Andrews left notes for his family.

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