General Crime

* Wife murderer, Jesse Crow, was found dead in his jail cell hanging by a makeshift rope

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The Monterey County Coroner’s Office announced today that the death of a 33-year-old Prunedale man found hanged in his cell in county jail in Salinas Saturday, where he had been booked for allegedly murdering his wife earlier this year, was determined to be a suicide. Sheriff’s deputies making hourly bed checks found Jesse Crow hanging by a makeshift rope about 3 a.m. and took him to Natividad Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office. Crow was arrested Feb. 16 for the murder of his wife, Ryann Bunnell Crow, 23, who went missing on Jan. 30, Salinas police said. Her bones were found on May 25 when a man looking for marine life on the Hayward shoreline on the southwest edge of the city’s limits came across a human bone. Police responded and found bones scattered over 200 to 300 yards of shoreline south of the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge. DNA testing later confirmed the bones were hers. The examination indicated she was dismembered.  At a news conference today, Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo said four other people who assisted in disposing of Crow’s body were identified in the investigation, but they were not involved in her murder.  All four provided corroborating information that shed further suspicion on Crow, according to the district attorney’s office. Police said it appears the couple had an on-again, off-again relationship. Ryann had recently left Crow prior to her disappearance and was staying with her parents in Salinas. Flippo said it appears the murder was financially motivated. Prosecutors claim Crow was growing marijuana in a large-scale operation and feared his wife would notify police and interfere with his business. The prosecution filed a special circumstance of murder for financial gain charge against Crow that made him eligible for the death penalty or life without possibility of parole. Crow’s death occurred while he was in county jail awaiting a Sept. 16 preliminary hearing in the murder trial. Flippo said that the case against Crow will be dismissed.              Copyright © 2010 by Bay City News, Inc. — Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.

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