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Decatur man found dead at Peoria County Jail

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PEORIA — A Decatur man being held at the Peoria County Jail in connection with a homicide this year was found dead in his cell, officials said Sunday.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said a physical examination and autopsy indicated that Michael Dyer, 59, died from asphyxiation due to self-hanging. Harwood said Dyer was in his cell by himself, and no foul play is suspected.

He had been booked into the Peoria County Jail on Jan. 26 on charges of first-degree murder in the death of Jeffrey Blevins. He was being held on $1.5 million bond.

He was accused of shooting Blevins, who was his coworker and roommate, and then dismembering his body before leaving the remains in a plastic tote that was found in Blevins' mobile home.

Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell said his staff discovered Dyer at about 1:15 a.m. while in a general population housing area. Life-saving efforts were started, but they were not successful, Asbell said.

The Illinois State Police and Peoria County Coroner's Office will be investigating. Asbell said it's standard practice for his staff to check on inmates twice each hour.


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