Montford Prison Inmate Found Dead, Cellmate Questioned - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/13/07

Montford Prison Inmate Found Dead, Cellmate Questioned

Source: TDCJ Source: TDCJ

The Inspector General is looking into the death of an inmate at the Montford Prison Unit.

Richard Barraza, 48, was found in his cell, just after 11 a.m. Saturday. The official word from prison officials, is that Barraza was found unresponsive, and pronounced dead at University Medical Center about an hour later. But sources tell NewsChannel 11 that he may have been beaten to death.

Jason Lee Bailey, 27, was his cellmate. He is now being questioned in Barraza's death. Bailey has been at the Montford Unit since last December, serving a two year sentence for deadly conduct.

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