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Lowndes County Inmate Dies Behind Bars

COLUMBUS, Miss.- A Lowndes County inmate died while in custody Sunday. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation says a preliminary report shows he died from natural causes.

Orlando Guyton, 41, was arrested Dec. 18 for breaking into an apartment, where two juveniles were inside.

The two girls escaped and called authorities, but Guyton was found in the home by their mother, who chased him through the apartment complex.

Guyton had apparently cut his right wrist and was bleeding at the time of his arrest.

Lowndes County Sheriff Mike Arledge says Guyton was taken to the hospital, treated for his injuries and then put behind bars.

On Dec. 21 an ambulance was called to the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center after Guyton was found unresponsive. He later died at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle.

Coroner Greg Merchant says there were no obvious signs of trauma, other than the previous injury to Guyton’s body.

Merchant says an autopsy is being performed today and toxicology tests will be performed.

It could be weeks before a final report is complete.

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