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Man jailed in connection with murder case tried to kill himself. He died 3 days later

Alfred Raymond Lattanzio (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the Newport News Police Department)
Alfred Raymond Lattanzio (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the Newport News Police Department)

NEWPORT NEWS — An inmate at the city jail here died in a hospital Thursday afternoon — he was found three days ago hanging in his cell and revived by jail personnel, the sheriff’s office said.

At approximately 2:30 p.m. on April 1, Alfred Raymond Lattanzio, 42, was found hanging in his cell and jail deputies tried to resuscitate him until the medics took over, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Lattanzio was resuscitated and taken to the hospital for treatment. He died Thursday.

On March 29, Lattanzio allegedly shot Randall Edward Dotson, 61 of Newport News who died from multiple gunshot wounds, authorities said.

A day later, police arrested and charged Lattanzio with first-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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