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Three more deaths confirmed among incarcerated population in February

At least five incarcerated individuals, all men, have died in state custody so far this month.

Staton Correctional Facility in Elmore County

The Alabama Department of Corrections has confirmed three additional deaths among the state’s incarcerated population in February, each occurring on the first weekend of this month, according to a statement from an ADOC spokesperson.

With these latest deaths, at least five incarcerated individuals, all men, have died in state custody so far this month.

Two of the incarcerated men, Alfred Lee Williams and Craig Randall Lee, died at Staton Correctional Facility between Feb. 4 and Feb. 5, while a third incarcerated man, Brian Wanner, died at Bullock Correctional Facility on Feb. 5, according to the spokesperson. Wanner’s death came two days after he suffered from an assault at the Bullock County Facility, the spokesperson added.

Wanner, who was 47-year-old at the time of his death, had recently returned back to the prison after receiving treatment for an assault on Feb. 2. Correctional staff at the facility discovered Wanner unresponsive and transported him to the health care unit, where all attempts to revive him failed.

Additional information as to whether or not Wanner’s death was due to the previous assault on Feb.2, or if he suffered from additional assaults after his return to Bullock Correctional Facility was not provided by the ADOC. A cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy and the conclusion of an investigation by the Law Enforcement Services Division of the ADOC.

The same day as Wanner’s death, 57-year-old Alfred Williams was found unresponsive in his bed at the medical unit in Staton Correctional Facility by medical staff on their rounds. Williams had been in the health care unit since returning from an area hospital on Jan. 14, for unspecified reasons.

An attending physician at the Elmore County facility pronounced him dead later that Saturday.

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The following day, 67-year-old Craig Lee was found unresponsive in his bed at Staton Correctional Facility by a correctional officer, with life-saving measures initiated soon-there-after. Lee was later transported to the health care unit for further resuscitation efforts, which ultimately failed. He was pronounced dead later that Sunday.

Both deaths at Staton Correctional Facility are being investigated by the Law Enforcement Services Division of the ADOC, with the official cause of death in both cases awaiting the results of an autopsy.

John is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can contact him at [email protected] or via Twitter.

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