RANKIN COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – Authorities are investigating after an inmate was found dead at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County early Wednesday morning.
According to Rankin County Coroner David Ruth, 36-year-old Omar Beard was taken from the prison to Merit Health Rankin in Brandon where he was pronounced dead. Ruth received a call shortly after 1:00 a.m.
Beard’s cause of death is pending an autopsy, but MDOC said his death appears to be from natural causes.
The Mississippi Department of Corrections’ website said Beard was sentenced to 20 years in prison on February 6, 2019, for manslaughter in Lowndes County.