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Winnebago County Jail inmate found dead in cell

ROCKFORD — Authorities are investigating a fatality inside the Winnebago County jail after an inmate was found dead in his cell Saturday morning, the Winnebago-Boone County Integrity Task Force reported.

Police say Justin Matthews, 19, was found at 5 a.m. He was facing first-degree murder charges in connection with the 2016 stabbing death of 21-year-old Brian Thomas Abbott, of Racine, Wisconsin.

While the investigation is continuing, police say Matthews died of apparent self-inflicted injuries. An autopsy is pending. R.

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