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Waffle House Murder Suspect Dies In Jail

Inmate Accused Of Beating Man To Death Has Heart Attack

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Duval County Jail inmate who was about to go on trial in the robbery and killing of a Waffle House customer has died.

Antonio McNeil, 38, died Thursday of an apparent heart attack, according to jail documents. He collapsed in a jail stairwell and was rushed to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

McNeil was scheduled for trial later this month in the July 2009 beating death of 60-year-old Fred Harris at a Waffle House restaurant on Busch Drive on the Northside.

Police said Harris was carrying hundreds of dollars the night he was killed.

A day later, police arrested McNeil after they said he confessed to the killing.

Harris' son filed a lawsuit against Waffle House, claiming the cashier was McNeil's girlfriend and called him when she saw Harris had a large amount of money in his wallet.

Police said McNeil's girlfriend witnessed the beating and reported it to police. She was not charged with any criminal wrongdoing.

McNeil was found not competent for prosecution in April 2010 and was remanded to a state psychiatric facility.