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Death row inmate sentenced in 1978 dies of natural causes

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An East Tennessee man who was sentenced to death in 1978 at the age of 19 has died of natural causes.

Attorney Larry Dillow told the Kingsport Times-News (http://bit.ly/1bUhBTH) that 56-year-old Donald Wayne Strouth died Wednesday at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville.

Strouth was convicted of murder in the death of James Keegan, who owned a used clothing store in Kingsport. Strouth's appeals were denied and the state last year set an execution date for him. That date was later vacated in response to a lawsuit by Strouth and others claiming that Tennessee's execution methods are unconstitutional.

Before his death, Strouth had the distinction of serving the longest time on death row. He had been there more than 36 years.

Dillow said Strouth died from an apparent heart attack.

Information from: Kingsport Times-News, http://www.timesnews.net

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