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Police investigate suspicious death of inmate at maximum-security state prison

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CUMBERLAND, Maryland — Maryland's State Police say they're investigating the apparent slaying of a state prison inmate found lying on his bunk with a bedsheet around his neck at the maximum-security Western Correctional Institution near Cumberland.

Police say investigators have identified another inmate as a suspect in the death Wednesday of 30-year-old Darrell Murray. Police aren't naming the suspect.

Prison officials say police were questioning Murray's cellmate.

Police say correctional officers found Murray unresponsive during a head count around 3 a.m.

Murray was serving a nine-year sentence since 2007 for a Baltimore drug conviction.

This is the second apparent slaying of a state prison inmate in less than two weeks. The other was at the neighboring North Branch Correctional Institution. A spokesman says there's no indication the two slayings are connected.

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