OKEECHOBEE, FL — A DUI manslaughter offender was found dead in her jail cell on Wednesday morning.
Kerrie Michelle Howard, 35, was an inmate at Okeechobee County Jail on charges of DUI manslaughter since March.
She was found dead in her cell around midnight and appears to have hung herself.
Howard was charged for her part in a 2009 car crash that led to the death of Derrick Jace Rogers, 25. She was waiting for a trial on the charges.
There was no mention of whether Howard was mentally ill.
A DUI, or driving under the influence charge, is a serious infraction that could lead the perpetrator to spend time in jail along with lesser fines such as having their license revoked, having to perform community service and, depending on previous offenses, being ordered to install an interlock ignition device.
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