Man convicted of murder in Cullman County dies in prison

BESSEMER, Alabama (WIAT) – A 48-year-old man, who is serving a life sentence for murder, was found dead in his jail cell at Donaldson Correctional Facility on June 3.

According to the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, William Lynn Smith was found lifeless in his private cell by coworkers around 9:43 a.m. The Coroner’s Office said an autopsy will be conducted Monday to determine the cause of Smith’s death.

The Alabama Department of Corrections is investigating the circumstances of Smith’s death.

Smith was serving a life sentence with Donaldson after being convicted of the 2018 Cullman County murder.

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