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INDIANAPOLIS – An inmate at the Marion County Jail has died.

Michael Aston, 43, was found unresponsive and not breathing by jail staff on the night of July 26. Deputies started CPR and called for an ambulance. Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services arrived and pronounced Aston dead.

Investigators believe his death was a suicide by hanging. Investigators said Aston was suffering from substance abuse withdrawal at the time of his death.

Aston’s death is being investigated by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the Forensic Services Agency, as well as the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs Unit.

An autopsy will determine Aston’s cause of death.

Aston had been held in the Marion County Jail 18 times since 2004. Most recently, he had entered the jail on July 18 on charges of:

  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon (Level 4 Felony)
  • Intimidation Where a Firearm is Used or Drawn (Level 5 Felony)
  • Domestic Battery with a Prior Conviction (Level 6 Felony)
  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Domestic Batterer (Class A Misdemeanor)
  • Cruelty to an Animal (Class A Misdemeanor)