A man whom authorities described as a serial killer in the making is now hospitalized after trying to kill himself at the Clay County Jail, officials said Monday.
Clay County sheriff’s deputies rushed to give aid to 27-year-old Derek Richardson after discovering the attempt Sunday morning. Richardson was being held on charges of killing two women.
Deputies performed “life-saving measures” before emergency medical personnel arrived and took Richardson to a hospital, according to the sheriff’s office. On Monday, the sheriff’s office said the incident was under investigation and gave no further details.
Richardson remained hospitalized Monday. Officials did not release information about his condition.
Richardson, who was arrested earlier this year, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of abandonment of a corpse in the deaths of Tamara R. Sparks and Nicoleone Reed.
Sparks, 40, was found dead in October 2011 along a gravel road in Kansas City, North. Reed, 24, was found last August next to a gravel road in Kearney.
In February, authorities announced that the two deaths were linked and they had formed a task force to investigate. After photographs of a shoe found at one of the crime scenes were released to the media, tips led police to Richardson, who lived in Kansas City, North.
According to court documents, Richardson described in “great detail” how he killed the women during sex acts and abandoned their bodies.
Witnesses interviewed by police said Richardson told them he was a serial killer, according to the court documents.
A message left Monday with Richardson’s lawyer was not returned.