Commissioner: Timothy C. Ward

Director of Public Affairs: Joan Heath

FORSYTH, Ga. – Special Agents with the Georgia Department of Corrections’ (GDC) Office of Professional Standards are investigating the death of an inmate at Telfair State Prison in Helena, Ga., as a suspected homicide.

Agents have reason to believe offender Marcus Pearson (GDC#1307540) died as a result of injuries sustained during an altercation involving another inmate on May 29.  Pearson was pronounced deceased at the facility by the County Coroner at approximately 8:15 p.m.  GDC, in conjunction with the GBI is conducting an investigation into the death, as standard procedure.

Pearson was sentenced to 20 years in 2008, in Bibb County for Armed Robbery.

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Manager, Public Affairs Lori Benoit