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‘Vicious’ Fight in Lancaster Prison Ended With Inmate Being Strangled by Shoelace: Report

When Leron Morris summoned guards to his cell at a state prison in Lancaster, he showed them a gruesome, bloody scene and a lifeless body.

A prison cell is seen in this file photo. (Credit: Neil Bird/Flickr via Creative Commons)

A prison cell is seen in this file photo. (Credit: Neil Bird/Flickr via Creative Commons)

Morris and his cellmate, Rashell Clarke Jr., had a furious fight that ended only after Morris bit off part of the other man’s ear and wrapped a shoelace around his neck, strangling him, according to investigative reports.

By the time guards began performing CPR on Clarke, his body was already showing signs of rigor mortis, suggesting he may have been dead for a while.

The details of the grisly Feb. 6 killing at the maximum-security Antelope Valley prison were revealed in an autopsy report issued to The Times this week by the Los Angeles County medical examiner-coroner’s office in a public records request.

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