MOUNT VERNON — Matthew Hoffman has recently been taken off suicide watch at the Knox County Jail, according to Bruce Malek, Hoffman’s attorney through the Knox County Public Defenders Office. Hoffman was placed on suicide watch after being taken into custody on Nov. 14 and charged with the kidnapping of Sarah Maynard.
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Hoffman was examined by doctors from Behavioral Healthcare Partners of Central Ohio Inc., formerly known as Moundbuilders Guidance Center, on Nov. 24 with findings that resulted in the lifting of the suicide watch. An exact date of the lifting was not available.
“He has not been released into the general population,” said Malek, as Hoffman continues to be in segregation but no longer checked on every 10 minutes by jail staff.
“He has access to TV and books, but the limits and restrictions have been removed,” Malek said.
Malek stated that Hoffman continues to be represented solely by the Knox County Public Defenders Office.
Calls to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office for further details on Hoffman were unreturned at press time.
Hoffman is the prime suspect in the murder of Maynard’s mother, Tina Herrmann; her brother, Kody Maynard; and family friend, Stephanie Sprang. The investigation into the three deaths continues through the KCSO.