State police search for dead man in suburban cell


Darius Wilson’s family is heartbroken and searching for answers after he was found dead in his cell.

“I want to know what really happened to my son,” said his mother, Karlena Wilson. “He’s my first baby. This hurts me.”

On the morning of October 25, Dalton police arrested Darius after he got into a violent altercation with his fiancée.

Hours later, just before they separated, his family say he was found dead in his cell.

“They said he hanged himself at 3am that morning, but I didn’t get a call until 9 or 10,” Carlena said.

Raykandra Williams is his fiancée.

“He’s 6 foot 3, 200 pounds. How did he hang himself? How?” she asked. “We don’t have an answer yet.”

John Smith is Darius’ stepfather.

“He had knots around his head and blood in his ears,” Smith said. “This doesn’t add up. I just want her accountability and answers to her and her family.”

Illinois State Police told NBC-5 in an October 25 statement:th At approximately 11:06 p.m., their Public Integrity Task Force called the Dalton Police Department to investigate the deaths in custody. Dalton police say they found a detainee dead in his cell and tried to administer life-saving measures.

Subject was confirmed dead at the scene. An ISP PTIF agent is leading the investigation.

The Cook County Coroner’s Office told NBC-5 that the death and cause of death are still under investigation.


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