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Inmate dies at Arlington County Detention Center after visit to relative

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- Authorities say an inmate has died at a northern Virginia detention facility after a visit to an ill relative.

Arlington County officials said in a statement that 40-year-old Bennie Turner was released from the Arlington County Detention Center on Thursday for a court-ordered visit to an ill relative and returned in the afternoon. About two hours after he returned to his housing unit, officials say Turner was found unconscious in his cell. Turner was taken to a hospital, where officials say he was pronounced dead.

Maj. Jimmie Barrett, director of corrections for the county sheriff's office, says Turner was serving six months for a probation violation after a grand larceny conviction.

Officials say the Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy and Arlington County Police will investigate Turner's death.


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