A Hays State Prison inmate was murdered Friday, making his death the third in a month at the prison.
But so far no specific details have been released on what happened or how the inmate died. Still, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has confirmed their involvement in the case.
“GBI agents from our Calhoun Office requested yesterday afternoon to investigate an apparent murder at Hays State Prison,” GBI spokesman Mr. John Bankhead said Saturday.
Mr. Nathaniel Reynolds is the most recent inmate to die at the prison in northwest Georgia prison in Trion, according to the State Department of Correction's spokeswoman Ms. Gwendolyn Hogan said.
“Inmate Reynolds was in an altercation yesterday and was transported to a local area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries,” Ms. Hogan said.
The spokeswoman said the altercation did not involve prison staff.
The GBI was also called to investigate two other recent inmate deaths at Hays State Prison, which is in Chattooga County.
Mr. Derrick Stubbs died on Dec. 19 and Mr. Damion McClain died on Dec. 26, Ms. Hogan said.
On Dec. 26, Mr. McClain, 27, died from injuries after getting into a fight with another inmate, the GBI said, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Fellow inmate Mr. Daniel Ferguson, who was serving a life sentence for murder, is accused of killing Mr. McClain who was serving time for armed robbery.
A week earlier, Mr. Stubbs, 25, was found dead.
Both Mr. McClain and Mr. Stubbs were housed in the same area of the prison, but GBI agent Mr. James Harris told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that investigators did not believe their killings were linked.
“They weren’t tied any way together,” Mr. Harris told the publication. “That was the first thing on our minds.”
Mr. Stubbs’ mother told the Chattanooga Times her son, who was in prison for armed robbery, was in protective custody following a fight when he was found dead.
So far, no arrest has been made in Mr. Reynolds or Mr. Stubbs' deaths.
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