Death row inmate found hanging in cell at state prison in Jackson

ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Corrections says a death row inmate has died of an apparent suicide.

Department spokeswoman Joan Heath says 35-year-old Leeland Mark Braley was found hanging in his cell at a state prison in Jackson at 5:12 a.m. Friday.

Heath declined to release any more details about Braley's death but said it is under investigation.


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Braley was sentenced to death in August 1999 for the Sept. 2, 1998 stabbing death of 25-year-old Kelli Hammond, an insurance agent in Zebulon.

According to testimony at Braley's trial, he went into Hammond's business to ask for money. When she refused, he returned with a knife and gun. Prosecutors said Braley cut Hammond's throat and then stabbed her.

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