Wednesday, December 23

Kenneth Jay Rhode , Suspect in throat-slitting dies after jail inmate attack

A Phoenix man arrested Monday after police said he slit a woman's throat and sexually assaulted her died after being attacked by an inmate in the Fourth Avenue Jail, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.
Kenneth Jay Rhodes, 71, was assaulted by an inmate about noon Tuesday in a housing unit of the jail, the Sheriff's Office statement said. Paramedics took him to St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, where he was pronounced dead at 1:36 p.m.
The Sheriff's Office has a suspect but has declined to identify him during the investigation, the release said.
Rhodes was arrested at his home early Monday morning after police responded to separate assault and domestic-violence calls at his apartment near Missouri and 15th avenues, court records say.

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