Inmate Death Ruled Suicide

Inmate Death Ruled Suicide

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The death of an inmate at the Utah State Prison last month has been ruled suicide.

Michael Wayne Phillips was found dead March 11 with his jumpsuit wrapped around his neck and tied to an upper bunk in his cell.

Last week, a medical examiner determined Phillips' suicide was brought on by paranoid schizophrenia. Phillips was diagnosed a paranoid schizophrenic and served time in the Utah State Hospital before being transferred to the prison.

The 34-year-old pleaded guilty but mentally ill in the middle of his 1997 trial for the 1992 stabbing death of 64-year-old Conrad Harward, who was a Mormon seminary administrator.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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