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Inmate found dead in Lafayette jail

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LAFAYETTE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Officials say a 41-year-old inmate in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center has died in his cell.

Sheriff's Office spokesman Capt. Craig Stansbury says Chris Jefferson was found unresponsive during routine jail cell inspections at 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Stansbury says Jefferson was a state Department of Corrections prisoner who was transferred to Lafayette on Sept. 14.

The department had Jefferson on hold on a charge of manslaughter. Stansbury said he didn't know if Jefferson was serving a sentence or if he was awaiting trial.

Stansbury says an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

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