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Inmate at Arizona prison in Buckeye dies; Homicide suspected

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BUCKEYE, Ariz. — Authorities said an inmate at an Arizona prison in Buckeye was found dead late Monday night and it was believed to be a suspected homicide.

Arizona Department of Corrections officials said 34-year-old Charlie Wooden was found unresponsive in his medium-custody housing unit at the Lewis complex around 8 p.m. Monday.

He was pronounced dead about 40 minutes later.

Details of Wooden’s death were not immediately released Tuesday, but Corrections Department criminal investigators suspected foul play was involved and have identified potential suspects.

Corrections officials said Wooden was sentenced out of Pima County last year to 22 years in prison for second-degree murder.

All inmate deaths are investigated in consultation with the county medical examiner’s office.