Officials with the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) are investigating the death of an inmate at Hays State Prison in Trion as a homicide on Thursday.

GDC spokesperson Lori Benoit says inmate Marion Luke was assaulted by another inmate around 11:57 am.

Benoit say medical personnel and staff took Luke to the medical unit to wait on the arrival of EMS.

Benoit says the prison’s physician pronounced Luke dead in the medical unit at around 12:05 pm.

GDC officials are investigating the death, which is standard procedure.

The name of the inmate who is accused of assaulting Luke has not been released.

Luke was sentenced to eight years in prison in 2014 for aggravated assault.

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