Two more Parchman inmates die overnight

This story was changed to reflect the name of the second inmate who had previously not been identified. 

Two more inmates at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman lost their lives overnight.

According to Sunflower County Coroner Heather Burton, Timothy Hudspeth and another inmate, James Talley were both pronounced dead early Tuesday morning.

“Both victims appear to have died from blunt force beating injuries,” Burton said in a release on Monday afternoon.

Burton said based on the information she has received, the deaths appear to be the result of an isolated altercation and not connected to the early January riots that rocked the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

Burton was notified at 5:20 a.m. on Tuesday morning of the two deaths by a nurse at Parchman, she said.

She arrived at 6:16 a.m. and began her investigation into the first victim, Talley. The offender, she said, had been taken to the ER at 2:52 a.m., and he became unresponsive and CPR was administered at 4:45 a.m. by medical staff.

“All efforts to revive were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at 5:28 a.m.,” Burton said.

After photographing the victim at the ER, she was escorted to Unit 30 B Building to the second inmate, she said.

Hudspeth was deceased in a bed inside the unit, she said, and he had been pronounced dead by Angela Brown, CNP at 5:10 a.m.

Burton said she reached out to Hudspeth’s family to offer her condolences and to answer their questions, and she said the name of the second victim will be released after she speaks with the family.

“I urge you to please join me in praying for the victims’ families, the staff of MDOC, the other offenders and their families,” she said.


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