Murder suspect Ackroyd found dead in Salem prison cell
ALEX PAUL Albany Democrat-Herald Updated 12 hrs ago 0
SALEM — John Arthur Ackroyd, who in 2013 was charged with the 1990 murder of his stepdaughter Rachanda Pickle, has died of natural causes at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem.
Ackroyd, 67, was found dead in his cell about midnight Thursday.
Prison officials said that medical staff administered life-saving efforts, but to no avail. Ackroyd was pronounced dead at 12:23 a.m. Friday. He was the cell's sole occupant.
Ackroyd has been incarcerated since Jan. 11, 1994, after being found guilty of two counts of aggravated murder and three counts of murder in cases from Jefferson County. He was convicted in 1993 of the Christmas Eve 1987 murder of Kaye Jean Turner in the Metolius River area.
Ackroyd was also awaiting trial for the 1990 murder of his 13-year-old stepdaughter, Rachanda Lee Pickle of Sweet Home.
Linn County Sheriff’s Office detectives followed the latter case for more than two decades and formulated a “no-body homicide” case to get an indictment against Ackroyd.
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