Inmate from Knoxville killed at northeast Tenn. prison

Inmate from Knoxville killed at northeast Tenn. prison

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Timothy Tillery, Jr. (Tennessee Dept. of Corrections) Timothy Tillery, Jr. (Tennessee Dept. of Corrections)

MOUNTAIN CITY, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into what led up to an inmate being killed at Northeast Correctional Complex in Mountain City.

Investigators say 24-year-old Timothy Tillery Jr. of Knoxville was pronounced dead Saturday morning after his body was found inside the prison.

The Tennessee Department of Correction officials say Tillery had been involved in an "altercation" with several inmates. The Johnson City Press reported that details of that altercation, and of Tillery's death, were not released.

Investigators are treating the death as a homicide.

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