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Inmate Who Killed Senator Died Of 'Heart Event'

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A preliminary autopsy report found that Byron Looper, a Tennessee inmate serving a life sentence for the murder of state Sen. Tommy Burks, died in his cell this week of a "heart event."

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported Looper's family has requested an independent autopsy.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Kristin Helm said agents haven't ruled out foul play in the case. She said the death investigation will proceed until the final autopsy report is completed and then will be turned over to the district attorney's office.

Looper was convicted of murder in the Oct. 19, 1998, fatal shooting of Burks while he sat in his pickup truck near his Cumberland County farm. Looper was running as a Republican against Burks for the state senate seat.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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