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Coroner rules prison inmate's death suicide by suffocation

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Updated: 5/31/2012 2:11 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) – The death of a man convicted in the January 2011 stabbing and beating of a woman he dated in Las Vegas was ruled a suicide by the Clark County coroner’s office.

The body of Wade Mitchell Ridley, 54, was found April 29 at High Desert State Prison in Indian Springs. Ridley had been placed in segregation five days earlier. The coroner ruled that he was suffocated with a plastic bag over his head.

In September, Ridley entered an Alford plea to attempted murder with use of a deadly weapon and armed robbery. The Alford plea means Ridley didn't admit guilt but acknowledged prosecutors could prove their case against him.

Authorities said Ridley attacked Mary Ann Beckman outside her Las Vegas home Jan. 21, 2011. The two previously dated after meeting through the online dating site but broke up before the attack.

Ridley told police he hid in Beckman's garage, armed with a knife, until she came home.

Prosecutors said Ridley attacked and stabbed her until the knife broke and then stomped on her head and neck. Beckman survived the attack.

Ridley also had faced a murder charge in Arizona at the time of his death. Phoenix police said Anne Simenson, 62, was stabbed with a butcher knife and a machete inside her home in early February 2011.

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