Murder Suspect Deceased in Apparent Suicide


An inmate was found deceased in the Cherokee County Detention Center on Sunday, May 22, 2016. Aaron Rochester, 50, of Cedar Bluff was pronounced dead by Cherokee County Coroner Dr. Jeremy Deaton.  Rochester was arrested on May 15 and charged with arson and later capital murder in connection with the homicide of Donna Marable. 


Evidence indicates the inmate died in an apparent suicide, however the body will be transported to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for autopsy.  Cherokee County Sheriff Shaver stated the State Bureau of Investigation was called in to lead the investigation, and the case will also be reviewed by the District Attorney’s Office.