(localmemphis.com) – The Mississippi Department of Corrections says two inmates were killed at Parchman Monday night.
MDOC officials said on twitter that it “appears to be an isolatedincident – not a continuation of the recent retaliatory killings.”
In a second tweet, MDOC said, “When we compile details and feel confident that information is accurate, we will quickly share more.”
Five inmates were killed and others injured in Mississippi prisons in late December and early January. Three of those deaths were at Parchman.
(MDOC RELEASE) – An investigation is ongoing into the deaths oftwo inmates at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. The MississippiDepartment of Corrections will continue to provide information as soon as it isverified and is committed to providing updates as quickly as possible.
Timothy Hudspeth, 35, and the second inmate sufferedfatal injuries Monday night at Unit 30, where they were housed, following analtercation with other inmates.
Thus far, investigators have determined that the conflictthat resulted in these two deaths is unrelated to the recent series of killingswithin the prison system.
“The safety of staff and prisoners atParchman is our immediate priority, and we are working hard to restore andmaintain order,” said Interim Commissioner Tommy Taylor. “We believethat the motivation behind this latest altercation is limited to this newtragic set of circumstances. The environment that makes such violence possiblemust be addressed quickly, and we are committed to making changes to do so.”
Hudspeth was serving 10 years for possession offirearm by a felon. He was sentenced in April 2018 in Tate County.
Identification of the second inmate is pendingnotification of the next of kin. Both men were pronounced dead at the prison.
The cause and the manner of death for each inmateare pending an autopsy.
This story was written in collaboration with The Associated Press.