Authorities: Death of Arizona prison inmate may be homicide

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Richard O. Slaughter (Source: Arizona Department of Corrections) Richard O. Slaughter (Source: Arizona Department of Corrections)

Authorities say the death of an Arizona prison inmate in Eloy is being investigated as a suspected homicide.

Arizona Department of Corrections officials say Red Rock Correctional Center staff found 49-year-old Richard Slaughter unconscious in his assigned housing location on June 2.

They say Slaughter was taken to a hospital for treatment of head injuries from suspected blunt force trauma and died last Friday.

Corrections officials say Slaughter was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison earlier this year out of Santa Cruz County for unlawful distribution of images and resisting arrest.

They say a criminal investigation into Slaughter's death is ongoing.

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