- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 12, 2019

HOOKERTON, N.C. (AP) - State prison officials say a 72-year-old North Carolina inmate died during an altercation with another inmate.

News outlets cite a release from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety that says William Walls was struck Monday evening at Maury Correctional Institution. He was found unresponsive and was pronounced dead a little over an hour later, following CPR from correctional officers, medical staff and local paramedics.

The Greene County Sheriff’s Department and the State Bureau of Investigation are handling the probe. DPS says it “will seek criminal prosecution against any offender involved in the altercation.” No further details were provided.

Walls was serving a life sentence on a 1979 second-degree murder conviction.

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