/Coroner Six Parchman inmates dead this month, including two who served time on death row

Coroner Six Parchman inmates dead this month, including two who served time on death row

Heather Burton, Sunflower County coroner, confirmed to Mississippi Today that Howard Goodin (65), died this morning. Goodin was convicted in 1999 of capital murder and armed theft in Lamar County. The state Supreme Court declared that Goodin was mentally disabled and vacated his death sentence. Burton stated that Joseph Goff, another death row inmate died on July 13th. Goff, 43 years old, was convicted in 2005 of capital murder and second-degree arson in George County. Goff’s appeal was denied by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010. His appeals in state courts were also stayed while he received mental health treatment. According to correspondence from the Attorney General’s Office, and the Office of Capital After-Conviction Counsel, he was still incompetent as of this year. Burton stated that Goodin’s death was most likely natural. Goff’s autopsy results were not yet available. Burton stated that six Parchman inmates have died this month, one by suicide and one by homicide. Burton didn’t give the names of the suicide and homicide victims but stated that they were not on death row. Grace Fisher, spokesperson for Mississippi Department of Corrections confirmed that Goff and Goodin both died at Mississippi State Penitentiary Hospital on Tuesday afternoon. However, she could not confirm any other in custody deaths this month. The MDOC doesn’t make in-custody death information readily accessible to the public. The department produced a database in June following a public records request. It showed that 21 people were killed in state custody in the period January through May. Mississippi Today identified seven deaths in Mississippi’s state prisons during this month.