Man accused of murdering his wife found dead in jail cell

Authorities say a man accused of murdering his wife last year apparently killed himself in his cell at the Monmouth County jail.

A corrections officer making routine security checks found 44-year-old Thomas McManus around 2:30 a.m. Thursday.

Authorities say it appears that McManus hanged himself with a bed sheet, but the death remains under investigation. They say McManus was alone in his cell at the time his body was found.

The Jersey City man was accused of fatally stabbing his 36-year-old wife, Alnisha Jones, in their home in March 2015. He was being housed at the Monmouth County jail because one of Jones’ relatives works at the Hudson County jail in Kearny.

McManus was facing murder and weapons charges in the death.

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