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SBI reviewing inmate's death at Orange Correctional

Posted October 17, 2011 10:31 a.m. EDT
Updated October 17, 2011 11:45 a.m. EDT

— The North Carolina Department of Correction has requested that local law enforcement and the State Bureau of Investigation review the circumstances of an inmate's death Sunday night at Orange Correctional Center.

Jimmy Griffin, 51, who was serving a life sentence for second-degree murder, collapsed in the prison yard at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday while participating in outside recreation, authorities said. Medical staff tried to resuscitate him, and he was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died Sunday.

Prison officials conducted an initial internal investigation, but decided Friday to request an outside investigation to determine what may have lead to the medical emergency and Griffin’s death.