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Monroe County man accused of killing mother found dead in prison

Published On: Jan 30 2013 04:27:09 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 21 2013 06:36:21 PM EST

Coroner: Son charged with killing mother commits suicide

STROUDSBURG, Pa. -

A Monroe County man accused of killing his mother was found dead in his jail cell, officials said.

Monroe County Coroner Bob Allen said 21-year-old Christopher Strachn was pronounced dead at 2:42 a.m. Sunday.

Allen says he apparently used bed sheets tied to the steel frame of his bed to strangle himself in the cell, in which he was alone.

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District Attorney E. David Christine Jr. said state police are reviewing video surveillance tapes but ``it appears to clearly have been a suicide.''

Strachn was charged in the choking and stabbing death of 53-year-old Adrienne Strachn in their Polk Township home in June.

State police said he told them he was being treated for mental health issues.