BANGOR (AP) – A 38-year-old woman awaiting trial on a murder charge hanged herself in in her cell at the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor.

The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office said Michelle Mills of Southwest Harbor was found dead at 11:20 a.m.

Mills was accused of bludgeoning retired college professor Jacqueline Evans with a ceramic gargoyle in January 2006.

Mills had been hired to care for the ailing 83-year-old woman, who was found severely injured in her oceanfront cottage and died two days later.

The suicide was the fourth at the jail since 2002, and Mills was the first woman to take her life there. She was awaiting trial in Hancock County.

AP-ES-09-12-07 1714EDT

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