WARTBURG (WATE/AP) - An inmate serving a life sentence for the murder of a state senator was found dead in his cell Wednesday.
Byron Looper, 48, was serving a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for the death of his political rival, state Sen. Tommy Burks.
Looper, a former Putnam County property assessor, was convicted of murder in the 1998 fatal shooting of Burks as he sat in his pickup truck near his Cumberland County farm.
Looper, who legally changed his middle name to "Low Tax," was sentenced to life in prison.
Looper was found unresponsive and was pronounced dead at about 11:10 a.m. Wednesday.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will be investigating Looper's death.
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