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(Update) Kentucky State Police Investigating Inmate Death

Date of News Release: 04/26/2017

EDDYVILLE, Ky. (April 26, 2017) – An autopsy was performed today at the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office in Madisonville. The only signs of trauma appear to have been self-inflicted. Blood tests are still pending. An official determination of cause of death will be made after blood test results return.

The investigation is continuing by Detective Cory Hamby. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555. Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app. The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores./p>

Kentucky State Police Investigating Inmate Death

EDDYVILLE, Ky. (April 25, 2017) – Kentucky State Police Post 1 dispatch received a call from the Kentucky State Penitentiary on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at approximately 2:30 p.m. for an inmate not breathing. Lyon County Ambulance Service responded to the penitentiary. Upon their arrival, they requested the Coroner be notified.

Lyon County Deputy Coroner Sheena Snow arrived at the penitentiary a short time later, along with a KSP Trooper. Deputy Snow pronounced the inmate, Marcus J. Penman, age 39, originally of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, dead at the scene. KSP Detective Cory Hamby is conducting an investigation into the death.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555. Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app. The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores./p>