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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary


For Immediate Release
March 1, 2000
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Contact: Public Affairs Office
(850) 488-0420

Inmate Dies at
Martin Correctional Institution

TALLAHASSEE - Inmate Arthur Lacourse (DC# 034160; DOB: 2/25/48) died this morning at Martin Correctional Institution in Indiantown. The death is being investigated as a homicide and his cellmate is under investigation.

Correctional officers found Lacourse unresponsive in his cell at 2:35 am. Medical help was immediately summoned and Lacourse was pronounced dead in the prison infirmary at 3:05 am. His cellmate, Moses Wallace (DC# 771332; DOB: 11/19/69) is under investigation by the Department of Corrections and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The State Attorney's Office will determine any charges against Wallace.

Until the homicide investigation is completed, DOC cannot disclose further details about this incident.

Lacourse was sentenced for various crimes from Hillsborough County. Wallace was sentenced for drug crimes from Broward County. Further information and photographs for these inmates can be found on the DOC website at www.dc.state.fl.us under the "corrections offender information network."