An Ohio prisons guard can stay on with state under an agreement that follows a review into the suicide of a death row inmate.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - An autopsy shows that a death row inmate in Ohio apparently hanged himself three days before his execution.
A coroner in southern Ohio says preliminary autopsy results are consistent with suicide by hanging, but more tests are needed before a final cause of death is established.
Ohio Prisons spokeswoman JoEllen Smith says 44-year-old Billy Slagle was found early Sunday at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution south of Columbus. He was declared dead about an hour later.
Slagle was sentenced to die for fatally stabbing a neighbor in 1987 during a Cleveland burglary. He was set to be executed on Wednesday but his lawyers were working to halt the execution.
There have been at least three other death row suicides nationwide this year.
Officials haven't said how Slagle hanged himself.
Ohio's prison system has faced a glut of bad news in recent months, from inmate suicides to four homicides in a single prison in about a year, but long-term population growth trends are causing officials the most headaches.
The report finds that suicides generally occur in high security prisons and in reception facilities where inmates first enter the system.
As more details emerged Tuesday about the suicide of a death row inmate last month, the state prison system announced a review of inmate suicides going back two years.
A report says one and possibly two prison guards falsified an electronic log documenting checks on an Ohio death row inmate who committed suicide.
The state says a prison inmate has committed suicide, the third case of an Ohio prisoner killing himself in two months.