Sheriff: Man accused of killing wife, staying in home for nearly a week after her death dies in jail

PORTAGE, Wis. - The man accused of killing his wife and staying in the home with a child for nearly a week after the death has died, officials said. 

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office said jail staff were making their routine cell check rounds Sunday night when a jail deputy saw an inmate hanging in the cell. 

Staff performed lifesaving measures and called an ambulance, but the inmate, identified as 31-year-old Fuad Pashayev, of Wisconsin Dells, was pronounced dead by the Columbia County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Pashayev was being held in the jail awaiting his court appearances regarding the suspected homicide of 23-year-old Tetiana Huzhva in Wisconsin Dells in early April, according to the report. After Huzhva died, Pashayev said he put her body on the bed. According to the complaint, he stayed in the house with the body for a couple of days and eventually took their 2-year-old child to a babysitter.

Court records show that Pashayev was already facing 11 domestic abuse charges from January prior to the homicide. 

Pashayev was being housed in a cell by himself and the incident occurred after all of the inmates in the cell block were locked down for the night, officials said.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office to investigate. Although there was no foul play suspected, the investigation is ongoing, the sheriff's office said. 

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Divine Savior EMS, the Columbia County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office.


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