Inmate Death Could be Homicide

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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.