State Prison Inmate from Montgomery Stabbed to Death

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FILE – William E. Donaldson prison in Bessemer, Ala. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Authorities say a state prison inmate from Montgomery has been stabbed to death at a correctional facility outside Birmingham. reports that it happened Tuesday night at the William Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer. The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 33-year-old Barry Wardell Gardner.

Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Yates said Gardner was found around 7 p.m. in an open-style dormitory. He was pronounced dead at the prison infirmary.

Yates said Gardner’s death is being investigated as a homicide.

He had been serving a 13-year sentence for burglary and theft convictions. Few other details were immediately released.

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