- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A Phoenix man accused of slitting his girlfriend’s throat before sexually assaulting her has died after being attacked by another jail inmate, authorities said Wednesday.

Maricopa County sheriff’s officials said Kenneth Jay Rhodes, 71, was assaulted in the downtown Phoenix jail’s housing unit around noon Tuesday.

Rhodes was taken to a hospital, where authorities said he was pronounced dead about 90 minutes later.

Lt. Brandon Jones, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said deputies have a suspect in the assault but weren’t releasing the inmate’s name because the investigation was continuing.

Rhodes had been arrested Monday on suspicion of attempted murder, sexual assault and kidnapping.

He was ordered held without bail at his initial court appearance Tuesday and didn’t have a lawyer yet.

Phoenix police said the woman told them she argued and fought with Rhodes early Monday at an apartment complex and he punched her repeatedly.

According to court documents, Rhodes then got a knife and sliced the left side of the woman’s throat, then forced her to take off her clothes and sexually assaulted her.

The woman survived the attack and ran to another apartment for help.

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