Teen who died after being found in Norfolk holding cell committed suicide

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- There are new details in the case of a 17-year-old boy who died after being found unresponsive in a holding cell at the Norfolk Circuit Courthouse nearly two weeks ago.

We've learned that Katrell Washington committed suicide and the cause of death was asphyxiation, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia.

Washington was in the Norfolk Circuit Courthouse on Thursday, Nov. 17 awaiting a hearing regarding the status of his case to start. The hearing was scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

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The 17-year-old faced charges including Malicious Wounding (2 counts), Attempted Malicious Wounding and Threatening a School Employee.

Deputies, who are required to check on detainees at least twice an hour, found him in the cell Thursday. They administered CPR until paramedics arrived and took him to the hospital.

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