CNN reported that a 55-year old correctional officer was found dead in the kitchen area of a maximum prison in Texas. Mari Johnson was found unresponsive around 3 a.m. Saturday according to public information officer Robert Hurst of the Department of Criminal Justice.
Texas governor, Greg Abbott, released a statement:
“The state of Texas mourns for Mari Johnson, a correctional officer who was senselessly murdered last night by an inmate.
Texas will ensure the perpetrator receives swift justice, and TDCJ has been instructed to take all necessary measures to enhance the safety of their staff to prevent such tragedies.”
Her death is being investigated as a homicide and there are no suspects named at this time.