MDOC: Two inmates killed at Parchman

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UPDATE: 1/21/2020 6:01 p.m.

SUNFLOWER COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – The Sunflower County coroner identified the second inmate who was killed at Parchman.

James Talley, 36, was killed, along with Timothy Hudspeth overnight.

Talley was serving 11 years for two counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in Lee County. He had been in prison since October 2017.

James Talley

UPDATE: 1/21/2020 2:24 p.m.

SUNFLOWER COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – The Mississippi Department of Corrections identified one of the two inmates who died at Parchman on Monday.

Timothy Hudspeth, 35, and the second inmate suffered fatal injuries at Unit 30, where they were housed. MDOC said the incident happened following an altercation with other inmates.

Investigators said the conflict resulting in the two deaths is unrelated to the recent series of killings within the prison system.

“The safety of staff and prisoners at Parchman is our immediate priority, and we are working hard to restore and maintain order,” said Interim Commissioner Tommy Taylor. “We believe that the motivation behind this latest altercation is limited to this new tragic set of circumstances. The environment that makes such violence possible must be addressed quickly, and we are committed to making changes to do so.”

Hudspeth was serving 10 years for possession of firearm by a felon. He was sentenced in April 2018 in Tate County.

Timothy Hudspeth

Identification of the second inmate is pending notification of the next of kin.

According to the Sunflower County coroner, both victims appear to have died from blunt force beating injuries. The coroner released a statement about the deaths.

I have reached out to Mr. Hudspeth’s family to offer my condolences and to answer their questions. I will release the name of the second victim after I am able to speak with his family. I urge you to please join me in praying for the victims’ families, the staff of MDOC, the other offenders, and their families.

Heather Burton, Sunflower County Coroner

SUNFLOWER COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – According to the Mississippi Department of Corrections, two inmates were killed at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman Monday night.

MDOC said it appears to be an isolated incident and not a continuation of the recent retaliatory killings. The Parchman chaplain has reached out to the next of kin.

According to MDOC, the department is investigating.

Governor Tate Reeves released a statement on Twitter about the recent deaths.

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