Man, 28, accused of killing ex-girlfriend in Lower Paxton Twp. found dead in prison cell

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James Greer Jr.

James Greer Jr.

A York County prison inmate accused of killing the mother of his child in Lower Paxton Township on Dec. 7 was found dead in his jail cell on Christmas eve morning.

According to a news release issued by York County Prison officials,  28-year-old James Earl Greer Jr. was found unresponsive in his cell around 3 a.m.

Greer was being held in York County Prison at the request of Dauphin County, the news release stated.

Greer was in jail for the strangling death of 32-year-old Heather Marie Bechtel, police said.

Investigators say that after killing Bechtel in her Rawleigh Street apartment, Greer tried unsuccessfully to poison himself. He was treated at a local hospital and released back into police custody.

A preliminary hearing for Greer was scheduled for Feb. 7.

An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

Pennsylvania State Police and the York County Coroner’s Office are investigating.

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