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Sheriff's Office reports inmate death at parish prison


Livingston Parish Deputies are investigating a second death inside the parish jail in four weeks.

According to the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, Charles David Dunn, 47, was pronounced dead at the Livingston Parish Detention Center on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 12:31 p.m. by Acadian Ambulance personnel.   

Livingston Parish Coroner Dr. Ron Coe says an autopsy revealed Dunn died from severe coronary artery disease and gastrointestinal hemorrhage from ulcers. He determined Dunn died of natural causes.

The first death happened just over three weeks ago. Deputies say Darrin Norton, 35, died after a scuffle with deputies.

Norton was booked into the Detention Center on Saturday, June 16, 2012 on charges of aggravated criminal damages to property, criminal trespass, and resisting arrest.

According to LPSO, Norton was being moved to an observation cell for his safety following reports of unusual behavior. Deputies say Norton became violent and at least two deputies were injured before Norton was restrained.

The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office says Norton was pronounced dead after the violent outburst. The Coroner's preliminary report says it is an open investigation and has not released a cause of death.

Lab results are pending and the matter is being investigated by detectives with the LPSO and Louisiana State Police.

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