- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 2, 2016

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia jail inmate has been charged with killing his cellmate whose death was initially ruled a suicide.

State Police said in a news release that 32-year-old Jonathan M. Jordan was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the Oct. 9 death of 37-year-old David A. Simpkins at Northern Correctional Center in Moundsville. Jordan and Simpkins were cellmates at the jail.

State police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says Simpkins’ death at first appeared to be a suicide but troopers found probable cause to arrest Jordan for murder.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (https://bit.ly/2fuw4Nt) a criminal complaint says Jordan told investigators he tricked Simpkins into thinking he was going to pop his back, but instead put Simpkins in a choke hold before wrapping a belt around his neck, choking him with it.

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