A man accused of stabbing his 16-year-old brother to death in 2015 was found dead in the Spartanburg County Detention Center early Saturday.
Amarendra Dasa, 21, died at 5:09 a.m. Saturday, according to the Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office
The Coroner’s Office, Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are jointly investigating the death.
Neither the Sheriff’s Office nor SLED had any updates Saturday night on the cause of death.
“Our work is continuing and we’ve sent two agents to the detention center,” said SLED spokesman Thom Berry.
The Coroner’s Office said Dasa’s cause of death will be determined after an autopsy.
Dasa was arrested in February 2015, charged with murder in the death of his younger brother, Aja Dasa. Police accused Amarendra Dasa of stabbing his brother in the abdomen on the afternoon of Feb. 11. Aja Dasa fled his Webber Way home and sought help at a neighbor’s house before he died.
Amarendra Dasa also left the house after the stabbing. Police used a K-9 unit to track him down near a Wal-Mart on East Main Street.
Police and family members said in 2015 that Amarendra Dasa suffered from a schizoaffective disorder.
In November 2016, Dasa was found incompetent to stand trial after a mental health evaluation, and remained in jail, according to jail records.
In response to an inquiry by the Herald-Journal last month about the status of Dasa’s case, 7th Circuit Solicitor’s Office spokesman Murray Glenn said in an email that the mental health evaluation process was still in progress and the Solicitor’s Office was waiting for a report to be finalized before deciding how to proceed in the case.