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March 12, 2004

Pelham - The state Department of Corrections is being held in temporary contempt of court for not turning over reports dealing with the death of a south Georgia inmate.

Twenty-two-year-old Damon Lee was beaten to death inside his cell at Autry State Prison in 2002. His cell mate, Leon Murphy, was the only other inmate in the cell.

Lee's mother has sued saying it was wrong for her son, a convicted carjacker, to be put in the same cell as a convicted murderer.

Department of Correction officials say they turned in the requested reports, but they did not end up in the right place. They filed in the Middle District where the case is pending, but the subpoena was filed in the Northern District.

A federal judge has given them five days to turn over the records.

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