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George Cleggett Jr., 26

George Cleggett Jr., a 26-year-old black man, was strangled Friday, Dec. 9, at the Men's Central Jail in the 400 block of Bauchet Street in Chinatown, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Cleggett was found at 12:58 p.m. on the floor of a two-man cell by sheriff's deputies conducting hourly security checks. The victim was not breathing, and medical personnel pronounced him dead at the scene, according to officials from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Lt. Mary Leef said the investigation into any potential motive or suspect is continuing.

The inmate, who was being held on a murder charge, was alone when he was discovered, authorities said.

The Times has contacted investigators to obtain additional information about the case and will post an update as soon as possible.

Anyone with details about the death is asked to contact the sheriff’s homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Los Angeles Times

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