Durham, N.C. — A 17-year-old girl in the Durham County Detention Center on murder charges in a 2016 shooting killed herself early Thursday morning, according to the sheriff’s office.
Detectives with the Durham sheriff’s office were dispatched to the detention facility around 3:30 a.m. when detainee Uniece Glenae Fennell was found unresponsive in her cell. Paramedics who responded pronounced her dead at the scene.
Preliminary evidence collected and statements given to detectives indicated that Fennell’s cause of death was a suicide, according to the sheriff’s office.
Fennell was put in the facility on July 26, 2016 after she was arrested and charged with the murder of a 19-year-old Durham man. She was also indicted on Aug. 4, 2016 for discharging a weapon into an occupied residence and discharging a firearm with a pattern of street gang activity.
Posts on Fennell’s Facebook page showed that she maintained her innocence, saying she had nothing to do with the murder. In a post from February, she said jail was hard, she wanted to go home and she didn’t deserve to be locked up.
An attorney for Fennell on Wednesday had asked the Durham County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the jail after he said detention officers were verbally abusive to her.