Man charged with burning down Henrico home found dead in jail cell

Published: Sep. 24, 2015 at 2:56 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 4, 2015 at 2:56 PM EDT
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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A man charged with burning down his parent's home in Henrico was found dead in his jail cell on Saturday.

The sheriff's office reports Lutalo Octave hanged himself with a bed sheet in his cell. His body was found at 11:30 a.m.

Deputies say Octave was diagnosed with schizophrenia and was receiving medication. Octave met with mental health staff on Friday and told them he was not suicidal - he even had plans for the future. Deputies were checking on Octave every 30 minutes.

Octave was in jail awaiting his next court date after the house fire in the 1400 block of Chickview Court last month. Records indicate he lived at the residence.

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