Menard Inmate Death Ruled Homicide

Apr 18, 2013

The Randolph County coroner has ruled another inmate death as a murder at the Menard maximum-security prison in Chester.

Coroner Randy Dudenbostel says 35-year-old William Crowder died March 26 from ``manual strangulation.'' The coroner classified the death as a homicide.  State's Attorney Jeremy Walker was not immediately available to comment on criminal charges.        

Menard Correctional Center
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Crowder was found dead in his cell in the prison's segregation unit at 10:36 p.m. Crowder's was the third murder since Jan. 31. Walker previously filed murder charges against former Menard inmates for the deaths of 25-year-old Jason Hall and 64-year-old Yusuf Abuzir.        

A Department of Corrections spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.