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Police: Md. inmate's death a murder

Maryland State Police are probing the slaying of a prison inmate at the Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland, officials said Tuesday.

The prisoner, Jeffrey S. Kay, 48, was found unresponsive lying on a bed in his cell about 11 a.m. on the day before Thanksgiving. Correctional officers began CPR, and summoned an ambulance, but Kay was soon pronounced dead at nearby hospital.

Results of an autopsy ruled the death a homicide, but officials are withholding the exact cause. Kay was serving 20 years on theft, burglary, and related charges, according to officials, and had been sentenced in Montgomery County.

-- Dan Morse

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 1, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
Categories:  David P. Marino-Nachison , Maryland , Prison Beat  
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