TALLADEGA -- Alabama prison officials are investigating the apparent death by suicide of a Talladega man in a Montgomery County correctional facility.
Paul Ford, 49, was found unresponsive Wednesday afternoon in his cell at Kilby Correctional Facility. The Alabama Department of Corrections said Ford was found hanging by a bedsheet.
Ford's death marks the third apparent death by suicide in Alabama prisons in less than four weeks.
Prison officials are investigating a death Dec. 21 at Holman Prison in Atmore, and another Jan. 2 at the St. Clair prison in Springville.
In fiscal year 2018, which the Alabama Department of Corrections uses to report its data, six inmates died by suicide. Nearly 40 inmates attempted suicide.
According to Talladega County District Attorney Steve Giddens, Ford was convicted of the capital murder of his wife in 1995. Giddens was not DA at the time but said he was familiar with the case.
“He initially reported his wife missing,” Giddens said. “Talladega police investigated the case, and the evidence led them to him.”
Ford was tried and convicted of capital murder committed during a kidnapping. Ford was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole by Circuit Judge Julian King.
-- Daily Home staff writer Chris Norwood contributed to this story.