Inmate death under investigation as ‘apparent suicide’

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama Department of Corrections says it is investigating the death of an inmate as a possible suicide.

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office said prison staff reported finding 47-year-old Leon Demel Latham unresponsive Tuesday morning in his private cell at the William Donaldson Correctional Facility.

He was pronounced dead at the prison infirmary about 40 minutes later. A spokeswoman for the Alabama Department of Corrections wrote in an email that the death was an “apparent suicide” but it remains under investigation.

The prison system said Latham was serving a life sentence for first-degree sexual abuse.

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12/9/2021 6:34:40 PM (GMT -6:00)

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