A death row inmate charged with murdering two Birmingham women died at Holman Correctional Facility early this morning.
Inmate Clarence Simmons, 74, died of "multiple chronic illnesses" in the healthcare unit of the prison, according to Alabama Department of Corrections spokesman Brian Corbett.
He was pronounced dead at 12:38 a.m. Monday, January 7. His final cause of death is pending an autopsy by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.
Simmons was sentenced to death row for the 1996 murder of a woman in Birmingham. He was convicted of that crime in Jefferson County on January 9, 1998. He was also charged with capital murder for stabbing a woman to death in Birmingham in September 1983. DNA evidence connected Simmons to that case, which had gone cold.
Simmons served a total of 16 years, 11 months and 29 days on Alabama's death row, Corbett said.
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