Man linked to ‘bath salts’ murder dies in Union County jail

William Parisio

William Parisio

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.

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