A Department of Labor attorney charged with assaulting a co-worker in a violent attack at her Northwest home was found dead with his throat slit at the D.C. Jail early Tuesday — the day after his preliminary hearing in court.
A D.C. police spokeswoman called the case a “death investigation” and said investigators had not determined the cause and manner of death for the 58-year-old attorney, Paul Mannina. A police official with knowledge of the investigation said Mr. Mannina’s throat was cut.
Mr. Mannina faced charges in a June 5 attack on a co-worker in which he used a Taser on the woman and then maced, handcuffed and beat her inside her home in the Forest Hills neighborhood.
He had been held at the jail since June 13. A D.C. Superior Court judge found probable cause for the case to move forward in a preliminary hearing Monday and ordered Mr. Mannina to be held at the D.C. Department of Corrections until his next hearing in July.
In a statement issued Tuesday, jail officials said security staff found Mr. Mannina “unresponsive on the bunk in his cell” around 3:43 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the jail.
Mr. Mannina’s attorney, Michael McAuliffe, did not return a phone call Tuesday.
According to court documents filed in Mr. Mannina’s case, he and the 60-year-old woman he attacked had planned to meet at her home and spend the day together. After letting Mr. Mannina into her home, court documents say he used a Taser to stun her, hit her multiple times in the face, maced and handcuffed her, eventually sitting on her back to hold her down on the floor. She pleaded with him to stop and he eventually did, leaving the home after making a comment about how he had “cracked.”
The woman initially told police she did not know her attacker but later identified Mr. Mannina, whom she said had a “crush” on her and she had known for 21 years through work.
Mr. Mannina was facing charges of third-degree sexual abuse and first-