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Mississippi inmate killed

Associated Press - August 1, 2009 3:34 PM ET

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Officials say a 50-year-old man was beaten to death in Jackson days after he got out of prison.

Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart says William Baxter Grant III died Wednesday of blunt force trauma to the head.

Jackson Police Lt. Jeffery Scott said Friday that the death is being investigated as a homicide.

Grant's family in Columbus, Ohio, contacted The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson on Thursday, seeking information about his death. His brother-in-law, Gerald Whisman, said they heard he had been hit with a pipe Tuesday night.

Whisman said Grant was released from prison in Rankin County earlier in the week, and had lived in Jackson before his incarceration.

Scott said investigators have not identified any suspects.

Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

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