published Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Hays inmate was stabbed to death, autopsy shows

Pippa Hall-Jackson
Pippa Hall-Jackson

The 19-year-old Hays State Prison inmate killed shortly after being transferred to a prison in Jackson was stabbed to death, authorities said today.

Georgia Bureau of Investigations spokesman John Bankhead said autopsy reports show that Pippa Hall-Jackson died from a stab wound to the chest. His death was ruled a homicide.

Sources inside Hays State Prison say Hall-Jackson had recently stepped off a bus at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison when another Hays inmate attacked him.

Hall-Jackson was the fourth Hays inmate to die at the hands of other inmates since Dec. 19.

He was serving time for aggravated assault.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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