Sheriff: Man accused of killing parents in Louisiana, killed self in jail

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Vernon Parish Sheriff Dept

LEESVILLE, La. (AP) — A man accused of beating his parents to death has killed himself in jail, Louisiana authorities said.

Robert Matthew Lombardo, 46, of Leesville died Friday, Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft told The American Press.

Lombardo was arrested Tuesday after a relative reported that he had called to say he had killed his parents. The bodies of Joseph Lombardo, 83, and Rita Lombardo, 60, were found in their mobile home.

Craft said Lombardo was alone in the cell when guards monitoring surveillance cameras saw him fall to the floor. They went immediately to his cell and found him suffering from an apparently self-inflicted injury, the sheriff said. The guards tried unsuccessfully to revive him.

He said review of the surveillance footage showed details of the injury.

Craft said the only items in Lombardo’s cell were personal hygiene items, writing paper, one ink pen, one western novel and a Bible.

Detectives told the American Press that Lombardo had given no indications that day he had intentions of harming himself.

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