Accused murderer dead after courthouse hanging

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Accused murderer John Paul Necaise has died. Necaise hanged himself with a belt in the holding cell of the Harrison County Courthouse Thursday morning. He was there changing out of his jail uniform.

The Harrison County Sheriff's Department said they learned Friday afternoon that his family gave doctors permission to take him off of life support.

Coroner Gary Hargrove said Necaise was removed from life support at 3:15. He died at 4:30.

Necaise is charged with the 2008 kidnapping and stabbing death of 78-year-old Frank Roberts.

Copyright 2010 WLOX. All rights reserved.