- Associated Press - Sunday, February 19, 2017

ELMORE, Ala. (AP) - Alabama prison officials are investing the beating death of an inmate who was attacked by other prisoners Thursday - the 2nd deadly attack on a state prisoner within 24 hours.

In the most recent case, David Sanders, 41, was found badly beaten and unresponsive in a dorm of the Elmore Correctional Facility on Thursday, the Alabama Department of Corrections said.

Sanders was flown to a Montgomery hospital, where he died of his injuries Saturday.

Four inmates are suspected in the death, authorities said. Those inmates have been moved from the Elmore Correctional Facility to a maximum security prison, authorities said.

In a separate case, authorities say 35-year-old Grant Mickens on Thursday died shortly after he was found with multiple stab wounds in the prison yard of Staton Correctional Facility. A 31-year-old inmate was named as a suspect in that killing. A makeshift knife was recovered in that case, authorities said.

Alabama prisons have seen an increase in violence among inmates in the last recorded year, according to corrections department statistics.

There were 2,111 violent inmate-on-inmate incidents in fiscal year 2016, an 18 percent increase from the previous year. Confrontations that resulted in serious inmate injuries have also jumped about 65 percent during the same period.


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