15th inmate dies, cause under investigation

15th inmate dies, cause under investigation



JACKSON, Miss. — Another state inmate death has been reported in Mississippi, at Wilkinson County Correctional Facility, Management and Training Corp. officials said in a news release.

Jesus Garcia, 39, was found lying in his cell on Saturday. He was unresponsive. Medical personnel were called and began life-saving measures but were unsuccessful, according to the release.

Garcia was pronounced dead at 12:52 p.m.

The cause and manner of his death are under investigation. There were no obvious signs of assault, prison officials said.

Garcia was serving a 20-year sentence for capital rape from a DeSoto County case.

Jesus Garcia

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He is the 15th inmate to die since Dec. 29 and the fifth in little more than a week.

On Thursday, Nora Ducksworth died at the Marshall County Correctional Facility. Initial indications were that his death was due to natural causes, but the cause remains under investigation.

Jermaine Tyler, 38, died Jan. 25, also at the Marshall County Correctional Facility with “no initial signs of foul play,” according to MTC, the company that runs the facility. 


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