Man dies in cell at Salem police HQ


SALEM, Mass. (AP) — An investigation is underway after a prominent Salem businessman died after being found unresponsive in a cell at Salem police headquarters.

Hugh Kerr was found unresponsive in his cell at about 4 a.m. Tuesday, and was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The 61-year-old Kerr was being held overnight without bail on a charge of domestic assault and battery pending an arraignment scheduled for later in the day.

A spokesman for the district attorney's office tells The Salem News ( ) it is investigating and an autopsy is scheduled.

Kerr had been involved in several business ventures over the years, but was most known for Kerr Leathers, which manufactured leather motorc6yle gear.


Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News,