ONE OF TWO DEATH-ROW ‘SUICIDES’ MAY NOT BE A SUICIDE, OFFICIAL SAYS
Timothy Pruitt, 43, was sentenced to death for the 1992 rape and murder of 10 year old WendyVincent from Lumpkin County. Leeland Mark Braley, 35, was sentenced to death in 1999 for thekidnapping and stabbing death of Kelli Hammond, an insurance agent from Zebulon. Georgia'stop Department of Corrections official has now acknowledged that one of two recent suicides onGeorgia's death row may not have been a suicide. On December 6, condemned killer Pruitt diedat Augusta State Medical Prison after sustaining injuries on November 19. On New Year's Day,guards found death-row inmate Braley handing in his cell. Both were housed on death row atthe state Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson. Corrections officials initiallycalled Pruitt's death an alleged suicide. A number of family members of death-row inmateshave said Pruitt's death was not a suicide and that he was likely killed by another death rowinmate.