William Parisio, awaiting trial in a murder case that led to a law outlawing “bath salts,” died in the Union County jail on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, according to the Star-Ledger.
A cause of death was not released.
Parisio, 25, was charged with killing his girlfriend, Rutgers University senior Pamela Schmidt, by striking her with a dumbbell and strangling her in March 2011.
A few months later, Gov. Chris Christie signed “Pamela’s Law,” outlawing bath salts. However, a month later, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office released toxicology tests revealing there was no trace of bath salts in Parisio’s system.