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Inmate hangs himself in Buncombe jail

2-21-2010 North Carolina:

ASHEVILLE — An Asheville man facing child sex offense charges committed suicide by hanging himself Saturday in the Buncombe County jail, authorities said.

Michael Todd Aidt, 36, of Hensley Drive, was found hanging by a sheet in his cell by a detention officer who was conducting supervision rounds around 8:30 p.m., Lt. Ross Dillingham said.

He said officers immediately removed Aidt from the sheet, and on-site detention medical personnel attempted to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Aidt had been jailed since Dec. 6 following an armed standoff with deputies at a mobile home on Dillingham Circle off Riceville Road. Deputies responded to a call after a suspect barricaded himself inside the residence with a shotgun.

The standoff ended peacefully after deputies deployed a chemical into the home and the suspect exited, Dillingham said.

Aidt was charged with two counts of first-degree rape of a child younger than 13, two counts of statutory rape of a child younger than 16, and one count of sex offense in incidents dating from 2005-2009, according to arrest warrants. He was being held on a $500,000 secured bond.

Terrie Lynn Davis, 35, of Hensley Drive, was charged in December with two counts of accessory after the fact to Aidt’s alleged crimes. Davis told the victim not to report the rapes, according to arrest warrants. ..Source.. by Clarke Morrison

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