Inmate assaulted, killed during altercation at Maury Correctional

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An investigation is underway at Maury Correctional Institution after an inmate was killed Monday night.

Prison officials say inmate, 72-year-old William Walls, was assaulted and killed at the facility on Monday at 6:55 p.m.

Walls was allegedly struck by another offender during an altercation and was found unresponsive. Correctional officers, medical staff and local paramedics performed CPR until Walls was pronounced deceased at 8:14 p.m. by the EMS.

The Greene County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation are conducting an investigation into the incident. The Department of Public Safety is cooperating with law enforcement and will seek criminal prosecution against any offender involved in the altercation. 

The area of the incident was placed on lockdown until law enforcement is finished with the investigation.  All other areas of the facility are under normal operation.    

Walls was convicted of second degree murder in Rockingham County on Nov. 29, 1979 and was serving a life sentence. 

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