By The Associated Press
UNION SPRINGS, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Corrections says it is investigating the death of a state prison inmate.
The department announced in a statement Thursday that 34-year-old Marcus Green of Birmingham died at Bullock County Correctional Facility in Union Springs on Oct. 6.
Department officials say a correctional officer found Green unresponsive, lying on his back in bed, during a routine nighttime check. He was taken to the facility’s health care unit but couldn’t be saved.
Al.com reports that department spokeswoman Linda Mays says the cause of death is pending final autopsy results.
The agency didn’t respond to emails seeking an explanation of its more than three-week delay in revealing Green’s death.