Inmate found dead in Lafayette Parish cell

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) – Officials say a 41-year-old inmate in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center has died in his cell.

Chris Jefferson was found unresponsive during routine jail cell inspections at 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Capt. Craig Stansbury says Jefferson was a state Department of Corrections prisoner who was transferred to Lafayette on Sept. 14.

The department had Jefferson on hold on a charge of manslaughter. Stansbury said he didn’t know if Jefferson was serving a sentence or if he was awaiting trial.

Stansbury says an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

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