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Hospital Patient Strangles Roommate

A man being treated in the psychiatric ward at a hospital in South Florida has died after being strangled by another patient, the Miami Herald reports.

Police say Alexander Thadeus Jackson admitted to strangling his roommate, Raul Alexander “Alex” Rios, at Aventura Hospital. The hospital isn’t answering questions about the death at this time.

The family says Rios, 32, had a history of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but had been admitted two weeks ago for depression. Jackson has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held in Miami-Dade County Jail.

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