Authorities investigate death of Kentucky inmate

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EDDYVILLE, Ky. (WKRN) – Authorities are investigating after an inmate died at the Kentucky State Penitentiary Tuesday.

Kentucky State Police reported it was called to the facility around 2:30 p.m. for an inmate who was not breathing.

The coroner soon arrived and pronounced 39-year-old Marcus Penman, of Hopkinsville, dead at the scene. A preliminary autopsy performed Wednesday showed the only signs of trauma appear to have been self-inflicted.

KSP says blood tests are still pending. An official determination of cause of death will be made after blood test results return.

The investigation is continuing by Detective Cory Hamby. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.