MDOC inmate found dead at Greene County facility; Homicide investigation underway

Howard Payton

GREEN COUNTY, Miss. (WHLT) — Authorities are conducting a homicide investigation into the death of a Mississippi Department of Corrections inmate.

Authorities said 38-year-old Howard Payton died at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Greene County Wednesday night.

Payton was in prison for kidnapping and three counts of rape in Lamar County.
He received a total of 150 years to serve and was sentenced on Jan. 7, 2016.

Autopsy results are pending. The investigation is ongoing.

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