State inmate convicted in Lowndes County of manslaughter found dead

A man serving time on a manslaughter conviction from Lowndes County became the 19th state inmate to die in custody since December 29.

Posted: Feb 26, 2020 12:27 PM
Updated: Feb 26, 2020 1:24 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) — A man serving time on a manslaughter conviction from Lowndes County became the 19th state inmate to die in custody since December 29.

Rankin County Coroner David Ruth told WLBT-TV that someone found the body of Omar Beard, 36, in his cell overnight at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility.

Omar Beard (Mississippi Department of Corrections)

Someone pronounced him dead early Wednesday at a hospital. The state will do an autopsy to determine how he died.

Beard, of Columbus, pleaded guilty last year for his part in the robbery and killing of a disabled man in 2011.

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