- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A 36-year-old Shelby County inmate has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his cellmate.

The sheriff’s office says Daniel Smith is charged in the death of 22-year-old Leonard Nelson after an argument on Wednesday. The department said in a news release that Nelson’s death was first thought to be a suicide but has since been determined to be a homicide.

Corrections officers found Nelson dead in his cell just after 11:30 a.m.

Nelson was serving time for aggravated burglary and sexual exploitation of a minor. Smith is serving time for aggravated burglary and theft.

Investigators are still trying to determine the motive.



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