Two inmates found dead in same week inside Parchman identified

Two inmates found dead in same week inside Parchman identified
Generic prison bars graphic. (Source: Gray News, file)

SUNFLOWER COUNTY, Miss. (WLBT) - According to the Sunflower County Coroner, two inmates were found dead in Parchman this week.

One was found Thursday, one was found Friday.

On Thursday at 5:00 p.m., MDOC nursing staff told the coroner that an inmate had died. Seventy-year-old Paul Joseph Capps was pronounced dead at 4:50 p.m. by the on-call physician. Capps was convicted of statutory rape in Lowndes County and had been in prison since May 29, 2008, a week after he was sentenced to 20 years.

There is no evidence of foul play after the initial investigation, however, an autopsy will be performed to verify cause and manner of death.

Timothy Sharp was found dead Friday at the Mississippi Penitentiary at Parchman.
Timothy Sharp was found dead Friday at the Mississippi Penitentiary at Parchman. (Source: MDOC)

Friday, around 9:08 a.m. MDOC nursing staff told the coroner that an inmate had died. The inmate has been identified as Timothy R. Sharp, 61. Sharp was serving a total of 20 years for sexual battery and child molestation in Itawamba County. He was sentenced Jan. 17, 2001.

There was no evidence of foul play after this investigation either. The official cause of death, however, is pending autopsy.

Both bodies have been sent to the Mississippi State Medical Examiner for autopsy in accordance with Mississippi State Law.

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