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GBI performed autopsy on inmate found dead

JONESBORO — An autopsy was performed Wednesday afternoon on a Clayton County inmate found dead inside his cell earlier that morning.

The inmate, a man in his 50s with heart problems, was a fugitive from another state incarcerated for less than two weeks, said sheriff’s Capt. Brian Crisp.

“He’d already signed his extradition papers,” he said.

Crisp said deputies were working on contacting his next of kin so he couldn’t immediately release the man’s name.

Crisp said the inmate was found unresponsive in his cell about midnight during a routine roll call. Firefighters and paramedics with Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services responded to rush the man to Southern Regional Medical Center.

“They were able to get his heartbeat back twice but he subsequently died at the hospital,” he said.

Deputies are investigating claims by another inmate on what happened but Crisp could not release any details Wednesday.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman John Bankhead said the Crime Lab performed the autopsy to determine a cause of death.

“It will be up to the sheriff to release the results,” he said.