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Death of Inmate Byron Looper

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 | 11:12am

WARTBURG - An inmate at the Morgan County Correctional Complex has been pronounced dead after being found unresponsive inside his cell.  Inmate Byron Looper, 48, was pronounced dead at approximately 11:10 a.m. (EST).

Looper was serving a maximum sentence of Life without Parole for the 1998 First Degree Murder of Tennessee State Senator Tommy Burks.

Commissioner Derrick Schofield requested the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation assume the lead in the investigation into Looper’s death.  District Attorney Russell Johnson has approved the request.

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