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10:47 am
Sun July 17, 2011

Inmate Dies at Big Mac

McAlester, OK – Oklahoma death-row inmate dies in cell

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) Officials say a death-row inmate found dead in his cell at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester likely died from natural causes.

Prison security personnel found 51-year-old Elwood Jackson Jr. unresponsive in his cell Sunday. Warden's assistant Terry Crenshaw tells the McAlester News-Capital a prison doctor later pronounced Jackson dead.

Warden Randy Workman tells The Oklahoman it's thought that Jackson's death was not heat-related. Even though the prison has had some air-conditioning outages in recent weeks, Workman says the system was working when Jackson died.

Jackson received the death sentence in October 2004 after a Comanche County jury convicted him for the February 2003 killings of 22-year-old Lena Jean Bohay, 25-year-old John Limberger and 58-year-old Mack Wright. Their bodies were found in a rental property Jackson owned.