Inmate Death Could be Homicide

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Lauderdale County, Miss.
The Lauderdale County sheriff's office is investigating the June 10 strangulation of an inmate at East Mississippi Correctional Facility.

Management and Training Corp., the Utah-based company that runs the prison for the state, said Tuesday officers found 71-year-old Charles Elliot McGrew alone and unresponsive in his cell on June 10, with a rope made of sheets tied around his neck. He was pronounced dead at a Meridian hospital.

Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie says officials believe McGrew was strangled by his cellmate, whom he did not name. Sollie says a grand jury will likely be asked to indict the cellmate.

McGrew was serving a 15-year sentence for unlawful touching of a child in Harrison County.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections was sued in 2013 over conditions at the prison.

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