Authorities: Prisoner suspected of killing his cellmate

Associated Press

Freeland — Authorities say a prisoner is suspected of killing his 23-year-old cellmate from Livingston County at the Saginaw Correctional Facility.

The Saginaw News reports Friday prison staff responded Wednesday night at the prison in Freeland to an assault taking place in a cell.

Jason Turnbull was found unresponsive. Department of Corrections spokesman Chris Gautz says he was pronounced dead that night.

The newspaper reports Turnbull was serving a minimum of 10 years for criminal sexual conduct convictions in Livingston County.

Gautz says the cellmate suspected in the death, also 23 years old, has been transferred to another prison. He was serving time for unarmed robbery.

The state police are investigating the case.