Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Law & Order

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Law & Order

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JEFFERSON COUNTY > Jailed woman found dead * A woman accused of killing her boyfriend was found dead, apparently of suicide, Sunday at the Jefferson County Jail, according to a news release from the county Sheriff's Department.

Corrections officers found Laurel L. Leeker, 48, dead in her single cell about 5 a.m. Sunday, deputies said. It appeared she had hanged herself.

Leeker had been at the jail since Aug. 22, deputies said. She was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Steven D. Pettit, 49. Authorities say he was shot in his sleep on Aug. 17. They say Leeker killed Pettit, then told police an intruder had shot him in the Mapaville-area home.

Jefferson County Sheriff Dave Marshak said Leeker's death would be investigated and a final cause of death would be determined by the medical examiner's office. …

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