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Officials investigating death of prisoner charged in killing

Bethel police have charged David MacDowell with manslaughter for a fatal stabbing. (Bethel PD)

BRIDGEPORT  — Connecticut officials are investigating the death of a prisoner who was being detained on charges he stabbed a woman to death in an act of domestic violence.

The Department of Correction said in a statement Thursday that 34-year-old David MacDowell, of Bethel, was found dead at the Bridgeport Correctional Center on Tuesday. Authorities say a guard found MacDowell hanging in his cell.

Prison officials say staff members tried to revive MacDowell, but he was later pronounced dead at an area hospital.

Prison officials, state police and the medical examiner’s office are investigating the cause and manner of MacDowell’s death.

MacDowell was charged with first-degree manslaughter and being detained on $1 million bond in the Aug. 24 stabbing death of a woman in Bethel. The woman’s name hasn’t been released.

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