A Tennessee death row inmate was found dead Friday shortly after the state filed a motion to have his execution date scheduled.
Stephen Hugueley, 53, is believed to have died from natural causes as his official cause of death remains pending.
The man was declared dead at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution at 2:35 a.m. Friday.
He was convicted of slaughtering his own mom in August 1986 and dumping her body in a river.
During his incarceration, Hugueley was convicted of the murders of two inmates and a prison counselor.
After the series of killings he perpetrated within jail walls, Hugueley was placed in solitary confinement with very limited contact with people.
“He had been suicidal for years, but TDOC is telling me they do not think it was suicide,” Hugueley’s attorney, Amy Harwell, said.
“He spent the last 18 years in solitary confinement where he had severely limited interaction with other humans and was systematically denied access to treatment and basic health care.”
“Years of this kind of abuse took a tremendous physical and mental toll upon Stephen. That Stephen withstood this treatment for so long is a testament to the strength of his spirit.”