REDDING, Calif. - Accused murderer Philip Jacobs was found dead in his jail cell Wednesday in a suspected suicide. After Jacobs' death, the district attorney formally dismissed the case and issued a statement addressing the warning signs of domestic violence.
In a press release, Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett said that this case is a "tragic reminder" of the dangers of domestic violence.
Court records show that Bridget and Philip Jacobs were married in Hawaii, and while there for the wedding in 2015, Philip beat Bridget. Philip was arrested, prosecuted and convicted for domestic violence for that assault.
Five months later Bridget went to One SAFE Place (OSP) in Redding for assistance. Bridget opened up to counselors about being strangled, beaten and threatened with death by Philip. The staff at OSP offered Bridget assistance.
The DA said that like many domestic violence victims, Bridget eventually chose to return to her abuser.
The DA reminded the public that if you are a victim of domestic violence, you are not alone. For further information on resources available to domestic violence victims, anyone can contact Shasta County District Attorney Victim Assistance Center or One SAFE Place.