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Dunbar teen dies after jail assault

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- State Police say a North Central Regional Jail inmate has died of severe head injuries, and an investigation is under way.

Sgt. Michael Baylous says 19-year-old Jeron Hawkins of Dunbar underwent organ donation surgery Wednesday after succumbing to injuries suffered during a fight with a federal prisoner held at the same facility.

That inmate is being held in the jail under contract with the U.S. Marshals Service. The state has had an agreement to temporarily house federal prisoners for about a decade.

Baylous said Thursday the findings of the State Police investigation will be turned over to the Doddridge County prosecutor's office.

Hawkins had been convicted of first-degree murder last fall in a 2011 shooting outside a nightclub in Morgantown.


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