- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A Hamilton County jail inmate being housed at a mental health hospital is facing a murder charge after police say he attacked another patient.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports (https://bit.ly/1Nairdg ) 37-year-old Leviticus Avery is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of 38-year-old Kevin Green. Police say Avery hit Green in the head with an object on Oct. 7 in a common area at Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute in Chattanooga.

Green died from his injuries on Sunday. Police say Avery, who has a criminal history dating back to 1998, was arrested for vandalism and aggravated assault in July.

Spokesman Mike Machak says the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services also will conduct an internal investigation into Green’s death.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, https://www.timesfreepress.com

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