John Watson

John Watson was found dead in his cell at the Cumberland County Jail on Friday, June 3. The Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office is investigating. 


An inmate at the Cumberland County Jail was found dead in his cell around 12 p.m. on Friday in what appears to be a suicide, according to Warden Robert Balicki.

John Watson, 43, of Bridgeton, was being held at the jail on charges of eluding police, resisting arrest and driving while suspended.

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Balicki said that the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating.

This is the third death at the Cumberland County Jail in a little over a year.

Alissa Allen, 24, of Millville, was found dead in her cell on March 23 after she hanged herself with a sweater. She was being held at the jail on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to wear a seat belt after being pulled over.

Robert Lewis, 35, of Vineland hanged himself on Oct. 29, 2015, in the showers using a bed sheet. He was arrested earlier that week after an alleged robbery.

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