Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Attempted Murder Suspect Attempts Suicide

Teacher under house arrest tries suicide

former teacher charged with trying to kill a teenager and leaving her for dead in a park attempted suicide on Tuesday while out on bond, his lawyer said.

Samson Shelton, 27, likely faces charges of aggravated battery after he became combative with an ambulance crew and St. Clair County sheriff's deputies, Lt. Steve Johnson said.

Around 9 a.m., an unidentified family member at Shelton's mother's home called 911 to report that a man there had overdosed and was unresponsive in his bedroom, Johnson said.

By the time emergency responders arrived, the man had regained consciousness and began punching and kicking deputies and the ambulance crew, causing minor injuries, Johnson said.


Shelton has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder in the April 2006 attack on the 18-year-old girl. Since being freed, he has been ordered confined to his mother's home.

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