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Missouri inmate dies after being beaten

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By Daniel Fredman By Daniel Fredman

    JEFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri inmate has died after being beaten by his cellmate at the Jefferson City Correctional Center.

   The Cole County sheriff's office said Tuesday that 35-year-old Mark Melton was assaulted Aug. 9 and taken to University Hospital in Columbia. The sheriff's office said Melton died Sunday as a result of his injuries, and the case has now been classified as a homicide.
   The sheriff's office did not immediately identify the cellmate but described him as 33-year-old man who had been serving sentences for second-degree murder and armed criminal action.
   Melton was serving a sentence for attempted first-degree sodomy.
   An autopsy was performed Monday, but the sheriff's office says results will not be ready for several weeks.

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