- Mississippi Department of Corrections confirmed another suicide at Parchman Prison on Sunday
- This death is the third suicide at Parchman this week and the fifth death
- The identities of Sunday’s suicide and Wednesday’s suicide have not been released
Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include Joshua Norman’s name and picture.
The Mississippi Department of Corrections has confirmed the latest death at Parchman Prison. MDOC officials say another inmate was found dead in his cell from an apparent suicide.
Third Suicide At Parchman This Week
This death marks the third suicide at Parchman prison this week and fifth death. Officials identified the inmate as 26-year-old Joshua Norman and noted they did not suspect foul play.
A week ago, Gabriel Carmen was found dead from an apparent suicide in Unit 29 Holding. Shortly before his death, officers claimed Carmen was irritated and throwing feces in the hallway.
The person responsible for cleaning the hallway told officers Carmen had hung himself. It took officers 40 minutes to get to Carmen because he allegedly jammed the door shut with a pipe from the toilet. Family of Carmen said on January 6 he sent a letter and said he feared for his life.
In the letter addressed to his mother, Rudy Carmen, Carmen claimed he was “dead” if he ever came around any Vice Lords or Latin Kings. Carmen claimed he was in a viral video using derogatory language against the Vice Lords. “They wanted me to kill my cellmate. I wouldn’t and would never have tried. I was just staying out of conflict,” Carmen wrote.
On Wednesday, MDOC confirmed an inmate was found dead from an apparent suicide in his “one-man cell” inside Unit 29 at Parchman. The identity of the inmate was pending until after notifying the next of kin. Sunflower County Coroner Heather Burton said the death appeared to be a hanging.
An inmate was found dead by apparent suicide in his one-man cell at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman on Wednesday morning. The death in Unit 29 appears to be by hanging, according to the Sunflower County coroner.— MDOC (@MS_MDOC) January 22, 2020
Two Murders At Parchman
In the days between the two suicides, Timothy Hudspeth, 35, and James Talley were killed in what MDOC called an “isolated incident.” According to Burton, both men appeared to have died from “blunt-force beating injuries.” Following the double murder, Governor Tate Reeves called for transparency from MDOC, a call that is echoed by MDOC Interim Commissioner Tommy Taylor.
In a tweet on Sunday evening, MDOC confirmed Norman’s suicide but released little information. According to the tweet, the inmate was found dead in his one-man cell, which was said on social media to be in Unit 29. “No foul play is suspected according to the Sunflower County Coroner,” the tweet read.
An inmate was found dead in his one-man cell at the MS State Penitentiary at Parchman this morning. No foul play is suspected, according to the Sunflower County Coroner as an ongoing investigation continues and the official cause & manner of death are pending autopsy results.— MDOC (@MS_MDOC) January 26, 2020