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For Release: IMMEDIATE Contact: Keith Acree
Date: Dec. 8, 2004 Phone: (919) 716-3700

Pre-trial detainee critically injured in apparent suicide attempt

BUTNER Curtis Dixon, 21, was critically injured Tuesday night in an apparent suicide attempt.

At approximately 7:20 p.m. last night, Dixon was being escorted to his cell when he broke away from a correctional officer. He ran to the top of a nearby cellblock staircase and jumped head-first to the floor, three levels below.  Prison medical staff responded immediately. Granville County EMS transported Dixon to Duke University Medical Center at approximately 8 p.m.

Dixon was being held in state custody for New Hanover County where he was facing first degree murder, rape and kidnapping charges in connection with the death of UNC-Wilmington student Jessica Faulkner.

At the request of the Department of Correction, the State Bureau of Investigation is conducting an investigation into this incident.

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