State officials are investigating the slaying of an inmate at Hays State Prison in Trion.
Gwendolyn Hogan, a Department of Corrections spokeswoman, says the unidentified inmate was involved in a confrontation and fight Friday and later died.
It is unclear if the fatal confrontation was with other inmates and how many people may have been involved in the fight.
The inmate is the third to die at the close security facility in just under a month. Damien McClain was killed in a fight in a prison cell on Dec. 26, and 25-year-old Derrick Stubbs was found dead while in protective custody on Dec. 22.
John Bankhead, GBI spokesman, says investigators were on the scene Friday and could not comment further.
Trion is about 40 miles south of Chattanooga, Tenn.
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