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Authorities investigate Arizona inmate death

Joel K. Barr (Arizona Department of Corrections)

Joel K. Barr (Arizona Department of Corrections)

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say they are investigating the death of an Arizona inmate as a suspected homicide.

In a statement, the Arizona Department of Corrections said Friday that 67-year-old inmate Joel K. Barr died from injuries apparently suffered during an assault.

Authorities at the prison in Florence say they took him to a Chandler hospital on March 28, and he died on Monday. They also say they have identified potential suspects in the case.

Barr became a state inmate in 2003. He had been sentenced to 37 years in state prison for crimes that included child molestation and sexual exploitation of a minor.

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