The deceased inmate has been identified as 64-year-old Paul Howard Gillett of Santa Barbara.
Gillett was booked at the Main Jail on Sept. 29 for assault with a deadly weapon and battery. He was also held on court remand for violating probation by driving under the influence.
Gillett’s bail was set at $45,000, officials said.
At approximately 6:20 a.m., jail staff found Gillett unresponsive in his cell, and when they entered the cell, they found a piece of linen tied around his neck, a news release said.
Medical staff and paramedics responded to the scene and performed life-saving measures, but the inmate did not recover and was pronounced dead at 6:30 a.m.
While Gillett died from an apparent suicide, the final cause and manner of death will be released pending toxicology results.