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Wisconsin Dells man accused of killing wife found dead in Columbia County Jail cell

May 7, 2019

A Wisconsin Dells man’s body was found by jailers Sunday after he apparently hanged himself in his cell at the Columbia County Jail, authorities said Monday.

In a press release, Columbia County Sheriff Roger Brandner said the body of Fuad Pashayev, 31, was found shortly after 11 p.m. while jail staff were completing routine checks.

Pashayev was being held in jail on $1 million cash bond on charges he stabbed his wife, Tetiana Huhzov, 23, to death April 4 at their home. The couple had a 2-year-old daughter. Pashayev faced up to life in prison if convicted of the first-degree intentional homicide charge.

“Jail staff were able to cut the inmate down and perform life-saving measures as well as called an ambulance from Divine Savior Hospital; however, those life-saving measures were unsuccessful,” Brandner said in the release.

Divine Savior Healthcare Marketing and Community Relations Director Haley Gilman said a medical team was dispatched to the Columbia County Jail at 11:09 p.m. Sunday.

Columbia County authorities asked the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the incident, which Brandner said took place after “all of the inmates in the cell block were locked down for the night.” No one else was housed in the cell with Pashayev.