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Police: Autopsy reveals Alger inmate died of strangulation

June 5, 2012
By JOHN PEPIN - Journal Staff Writer , The Mining Journal

MUNISING - Michigan State Police said today an autopsy has revealed a 39-year-old inmate at the Alger Correctional Facility found dead last week died of strangulation.

Troopers were called to the prison in Munising Township last Thursday. An inmate had notified prison staff Carlos Marquis Love, 39, of Detroit had suffered a seizure and was unconscious. Attempts to resuscitate Love by prison staff were unsuccessful.

Initial joint investigation by state police and prison staff determined that Love did not die of natural causes. A suspect was developed in his death. Personnel from the Michigan State Police Forensic Laboratory in Marquette and detectives from the state police Negaunee regional post went to the prison to assist with the investigation.

On Friday, an autopsy was conducted at Marquette General Hospital where pathologists determined Love had died from manual strangulation.

Troopers said the investigation into Love's death is continuing by state police and corrections officials and once completed, reports will be sent to the Alger County Prosecuting Attorney to review for possible authorization of charges.

Love had been incarcerated since 1992. He was serving prison sentences for armed robbery and being a prisoner possessing weapons.

Police declined to release further information on the suspect's identity, but said he is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder and since Love's death has been transferred to the Level V maximum security Marquette Branch Prison.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. His email address is



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