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Dead jail inmate was charged with killing 9-year-old girl

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Posted at 11:39 AM, Dec 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-26 13:39:25-05

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - A 34-year-old man who was found unresponsive in a Colorado jail earlier this week faced charges that he killed a 9-year-old girl with chloroform while trying to sexually assault her.

The Mesa County coroner's office said Jeffrey Beagley of Grand Junction died Monday.

An autopsy said the manner of Beagley's death is still pending.

Beagley was charged with first-degree murder, attempted sex assault and child abuse resulting in death.

He faced other charges for pornographic images and videos investigators found on his cellphone and computers.