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William Hansbrough
  • Death date
  • March 4, 2010

William Hansbrough, 36

William Hansbrough, a 36-year-old black man, was strangled Thursday, March 4, in his County Jail cell in the 400 block of Bauchet Street in Chinatown, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

At the time of his death, Hansbrough was incarcerated at the Twin Towers jail on charges of possessing a firearm as an ex-felon. Hansbrough had been sharing a cell with Jamar Tucker, a 26-year-old black man whom authorities described as his friend and fellow 107 Hoovers gang member.

Tucker, who is fighting a death sentence in another conviction, had recently been transferred to Twin Towers from Tehachapi State Prison, where he was serving 11 life sentences for other crimes, according to Det.  Kenneth Clark of the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau. 

Tucker and Hansbrough had been sharing a cell for about a month when friction started, Clark said.

After Hansbrough's death, Clark said, investigators determined that Tucker was apparently angry with his cellmate because he believed Hansbrough was taking credit for crimes he didn't do. Tucker is accused of strangling Hansbrough Thursday morning, then alerted a deputy that his cellmate was dead, Clark said.

During the homicide investigation, Clark said that Tucker freely admitted to killing Hansbrough. Tucker has been charged with murder and remains at Twin Towers jail.

-- Sarah Ardalani

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