53ºF

Man hangs himself in jail cell while awaiting trial on capital murder charge

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – A 26-year-old inmate hanged himself in his cell Thursday night, investigators said.

Maytham Alsaedy was found hanging by a bedsheet in his cell on the second floor of the 1200 Baker St. jail facility around 11 p.m. A detention officer made the discovery after noticing Alsaedy had covered his cell window with newspaper.

He was not breathing when the detention officer entered his cell and removed the bedsheet from his neck, authorities said. He was pronounced dead just after midnight.

Alsaedy was awaiting trial on a capital murder charge stemming from his involvement in the death of 22-year-old Kella Bracken.

"He should have been watched, that was the last thing we could have done for her," Katelynne Schmidt, Bracken's sister, said. "It's heart-wrenching that we cant speak for her anymore we wanted him to see every face of our friends. He didn't just take one person's life he ruined all of our lives."

Bracken's body was found in her own vehicle parked in the parking lot of a restaurant in the 6200 block of the East Sam Houston Parkway on Feb. 28, 2015. She had been stabbed to death.

A security guard made the discovery of Bracken's body, which authorities said had been there for two days
Alsaedy confessed to killing Bracken, according to authorities.

"She was the most helpful person that I knew," Jessica Kirk said at the time of Bracken's slaying.

Kirk said she grew close to Bracken when the pair lived next door to one another at a southwest Houston apartment complex. At the time, Kirk was a struggling single mom who found Bracken's help with her daughter, Magnolia, invaluable.

"I was struggling and I couldn't afford child care and as far as I'm concerned that was a complete God thing. To have someone next door to me in an apartment who was home and who could do it and who connected so well with my daughter," Kirk said. "I was just absolutely dumbfounded. It's just awful. It's a scary place sometimes. It was sad."

Court records show one day before Bracken's body was found Alsaedy was arrested and charged with robbing another woman at knifepoint.

"She would have given him whatever he asked for, that's the thing. That's the kind of person that she was. He didn't have to do that to her. She probably would have driven him somewhere and done whatever he wanted to help," Kirk said at the time of the slaying.

Police have not released a motive for the homicide at this time.