OSP inmate died of strangulation

 An inmate found dead Saturday at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary died from asphyxia caused by strangulation.

The cause of death for Shawn Moore, 36, was confirmed by the McAlester News-Capital through the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's Office. The death has been classified as a homicide.

State Medical Examiner Public Information Officer Amy Elliot said Shawn Moore's cause of death was Asphyxia — he suffocated by a tool used for binding. The tool has not been identified. 

Department of Corrections Spokesperson Terri Watkins said the prison's Inspector General's Office is investigating the case. She said the office is continuing to question Moore's cellmate. 

The cellmate's name has not been released. 

"The officer reported that he had seen both (the cellmates) at around 10 a.m. that morning, but I don’t have any other details," Watkins said Monday. "Those will come with the investigation."

Watkins said information will be turned over to Pittsburg County's District 18 District Attorney's Office when the investigation is complete.  

Contact Parker Perry at pperry@mcalesternews.com

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