[guest post by Dana]
ABC News is reporting that three law enforcement officers have told them that Jeffrey Epstein died in an apparent suicide while in custody in Lower Manhattan:
Epstein hanged himself, law enforcement sources said. The exact timing was not immediately clear.
Epstein, 66, was set to stand trial next year for allegedly sexually abusing dozens of minor girls in New York and Florida.
His death came less than three weeks after he was found unresponsive in his cell at Metropolitan Correctional Center in Lower Manhattan, with marks on his neck that appeared to be self-inflicted, sources told ABC News.
He had been on suicide watch since the July 23 incident.
Epstein was facing up to 45 years in prison if he had been convicted of the charges of sex trafficking minors at his homes in New York and Florida.
While his criminal case is obviously over with, it is not yet known whether his associates or any of the high-profile individuals named in documents unsealed yesterday will be charged. However, it is thought that the civil cases might go forward now that the criminal case against Epstein is over.
(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)