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File photo of a prison cell. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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YORK, S.C. (AP) — Authorities have ruled the death of a York County jail inmate charged with killing his mother and a neighbor as a suicide.

Coroner Sabrina Gast said Tuesday autopsy results show 34-year-old Matthew Grose died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Grose was arrested in October and charged with running over 53-year-old Sandra Thomas, then beating up and running over his mother, 65-year-old Sandra Grose. Both were found dead in their yards.

Authorities have said Grose was combative and repeatedly hurt himself after his arrest, trying to drown himself in a jail toilet and hitting his head against the wall before officers put him in a restraint chair.

Gast says Grose had bleeding on the surface of his brain and in tissue that separates the brain from the skull.

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