- Associated Press - Monday, February 8, 2016

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) - Officials at a Los Angeles County state prison say they are investigating the death of an inmate found unresponsive in his cell as a homicide and that his cellmate is a suspect.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Monday 39-year-old Rashell Clarke was found unresponsive Saturday at the prison in Lancaster. It says prison staff immediately began lifesaving measures and called an ambulance. Clarke died 38 minutes later.

Clarke was serving a 22-year sentence after being convicted in 2010 for endangering the health of a child.

Officials say his cellmate, 33-year-old Leron Morris, is considered a suspect.

Morris was convicted of first-degree murder in 2005 and is serving a life sentence.



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