John Hall Murder: Accused Paul Tate dies in prison cell
One of three men jointly accused of killing Sunderland man John Hall has died in a prison cell.
Paul Tate, 49, from Sunderland, was charged with murder after Hall's body was found by a dog walker in Durham.
Mr Tate died inside a cell at Holme House prison in Stockton on Friday morning, Cleveland Police said.
The body of John Hall, 46, of Shiney Row, was discovered in West Rainton on 15 September. A post-mortem found he has died from multiple injuries.
A Prison Service spokesperson said: "Paul Tate was found unresponsive in his cell by prison staff at 5:45am on Friday 27 September. Paramedics attended but he was pronounced dead at 8:26am.
"As with all deaths in custody, the Independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will conduct an investigation."
Mr Tate, one of three people charged with Hall's murder, was due to appear at Newcastle Crown Court on Monday.
A Cleveland Police spokesperson added: "Cleveland Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding his death on behalf of the coroner's office."