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Man accused of killing his wife dies in Billings jail

Posted at 11:18 AM, Jan 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-03 14:20:44-05

BILLINGS — The man being held in the Yellowstone County jail on a possible murder charge after allegedly killing his wife has died.

Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder said at approximately 5:15 a.m. Friday, while making routine security checks, a detention officer at the Billings jail discovered an unconscious male inmate in his cell.

The deceased inmate is identified as 70-year-old Daniel Scheihing of Billings.

Linder said in a press release that the detention officer called for assistance and immediately began CPR.

Medical personnel responded to the jail and the inmate was transported to a hospital. CPR was continued at the hospital until the doctor pronounced the inmate’s death.

Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating the death. Because the investigation is ongoing, no further details are being released at this time, Linder said.

There is no evidence of foul play at the scene and the manner of death is suspected to be suicide. An autopsy is scheduled to take place on Friday and inquest will then be scheduled.

Scheihing was scheduled to appear Friday in Yellowstone County Justice Court for an initial court appearance on charges related to the death of his wife, 72-year-old Celia Scheihing.