Death row inmate commits suicide after sentence lifted

 BBC News

A 70-year-old death row inmate at California’s San Quentin State Prison has killed himself a week after his death sentence was lifted.

A prison spokesman said a guard found George Smithey dead in his cell hanging from a noose made from bed sheets.

A judge ruled last week that Smithey was mentally retarded and therefore ineligible for the death penalty.

Read More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11142064

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