Man accused of Campbell County murder dies following suicide attempt

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) A man awaiting trial on charges of starting a deadly fire in Campbell County has died after a suicide attempt, according to the administrator of the Blue Ridge Regional Jail system.

Martelle Wooding attempted to hang himself May 13 at the Amherst County Adult Detention Center, jail administrator Tim Trent told WDBJ7. Trent said Wooding was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital, where he died at 4 PM May 17.

Wooding was facing murder charges in Campbell County in connection with a fire that happened on Marysville Road in Gladys December 18, 2016. Melynda Callaham, 48, Francheska Lane, 28, and Kadriana Lane, 7, died in the fire.

A preliminary hearing for Wooding was previously scheduled for Monday, May 22.