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Medical examiner: Accused murderer died of hanging

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Accused murderer Gregory A. Gubernot died of hanging, Eau Claire Sheriff Ron Cramer said today.

The Dunn County Sheriff’s Department was asked to investigate the June 7 suicide of Gubernot in his Eau Claire County jail cell. Gubernot was arrested Jan. 8 for the first-degree murder of Theresa Still, and was being held on a $1 million bond.

Cramer said the county’s Medical Examiner gave a preliminary cause of death of Gubernot of asphyxiation by ligature hanging. That means being strangled with a form of cord.

Cramer said the report showed that Gubernot violated a jail rule by not removing all of his bedding and reading materials during lockdown hours.

“This violation was discovered during the review and jail staff will discuss ways to prevent inmates from retaining property during periods of lockdown,” Cramer said in a press release.

The Dunn County Sheriff’s Department said Gubernot did not leave a suicide note and there wasn’t any indication by jail staff that Gubernot was suicidal.

The report said the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Department staff conducted themselves in line with department and Wisconsin Department of Correction guidelines in the matter.

“There will be more information available after further review by the Wisconsin state jail inspector, Eau Claire County district attorney’s office and after a report is released by the medical examiner’s office,” Cramer said.



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