- Associated Press - Sunday, December 13, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A man is facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of his cellmate.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports (https://bit.ly/1O3llV8) 20-year-old James Clinton had been in an Anchorage jail cell with 53-year-old Mark Canul for about four hours Friday when a prison guard found the older man unconscious during a routine check.

Canul was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Troopers said in a dispatch released Saturday that Clinton assaulted Canul, contributing to his death.

Both men had both been jailed on charges of refusing to leave bus property. Canul was waiting for a competency hearing and Clinton had a court appearance set for Tuesday.



KTUU-TV reported an autopsy is planned.

Troopers and the Alaska Department of Corrections are conducting separate investigations into the death.

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Information from: Alaska Dispatch News, https://www.adn.com

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