U-R update

The death of an inmate Wednesday morning at Baldwin State Prison near Milledgeville remained under investigation on Thursday.

The victim was identified as 26-year-old David Michael Watson, according to Lori Benoit, manager of the Office of Public Affairs for the Georgia Department of Corrections in Forsyth.

Watson, who was serving a 25-year sentence on a conviction for aggravated sexual battery, “died as a result of injuries sustained during an altercation involving another inmate on June 5,” Benoit told The Union-Recorder via a press release on Thursday. “He was pronounced deceased at 9:10 a.m.”

Baldwin County Coroner John Gonzalez told the newspaper that Chief Deputy Coroner Ken Garland responded to the call.

An autopsy was ordered to determine the exact cause of Watson’s death, Gonzalez confirmed. It was performed Thursday morning at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Laboratory in Macon, but results were still pending at press time.

Thus far, authorities have remained vague about what actually happened at the prison. They also have not said exactly where the crime took place — inside the facility or outside the institution, located on Laying Farm Road in Baldwin County.

Authorities also have not revealed the name of the inmate involved in Watson’s death. It also remained unclear Thursday afternoon whether or not any charges have been filed against that inmate or what sort of sentence he is currently serving. It also was unknown what sort of crime or crimes he had been convicted on or where they took place.

Watson’s death is being investigated by the Georgia Department of Corrections Office of Professional Standards, along with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, according to Benoit.

Watson’s conviction happened in Coweta County in 2011. He began serving his 25-year sentence on Aug. 29, 2012, following the crime that happened July 22, 2011.

 

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