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Murder suspect in 2009 case found dead in his jail cell

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THE DALLES, OR (KPTV) -

A man set to stand trial for aggravated murder in The Dalles was found dead in his jail cell Tuesday.

Deputies said Roark Smith was unresponsive at 5 a.m. in his single-occupancy cell at the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility. Emergency medical crews were dispatched to the jail and determined he had died.

No cause or manner of death has been determined, but the preliminary investigation does not indicate foul play or suicide, according to deputies.

Smith was scheduled to go to trial Feb. 5 for the shooting deaths of a woman and her adult son, Patricia and Randy Hong, in February 2009.

Smith was 53 years old at the time of his arrest in 2009.

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