- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon state medical examiner’s office says an inmate died in an eastern Oregon prison from blunt force head trauma.

Dr. Larry Lewman said Tuesday that last week’s killing of Terry Goodman has been ruled a homicide.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/d7Hltz ) that Goodman’s family says an Oregon State Police investigator told them the 54-year-old man was fatally beaten by two inmates in a common area of the Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario. He was taken to the prison’s health department and died Thursday night.

Prison officials called it an “unanticipated death.”

State Corrections Department spokeswoman Cathleen Shroyer says her agency can’t comment since state police are still investigating.

The newspaper says that since 2008, three inmates have died at the hands of other prisoners at Snake River, which houses 3,000 inmates.

Malheur County District Attorney John Norris says there are two suspects. No charges have yet been filed.

Goodman was serving time after convictions for child neglect and delivering methamphetamine and Oxycontin.


Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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