JACKSON, Miss. (AP) _ One inmate has died at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility and another who had been at that prison died in a Jackson hospital.
Frank Mackabee, 61, was pronounced dead Tuesday at Merit Health Central, where he had been since Sept. 29, the state Department of Corrections said in a news release.
Darrell Weathersby, 55, was found unresponsive Tuesday in his bed in an open-dormitory area of the prison.
Autopsies will be done.
Mackabee was serving a life sentence for a 1991 murder conviction in Covington County. He was previously convicted of armed robbery and two counts of residential burglary, both in Lincoln County, dating to 1977.
Weathersby was convicted of felony DUI in Carroll County. He received a five-year sentence in April.
At least 87 inmates have died in Mississippi prisons since late December. Several inmates died during outbursts of violence in late December and early January. The U.S. Justice Department announced in February that it is investigating the state’s prison system.