Convicted killer dies in prison amid ongoing riot trial

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A former Delaware death row inmate who was serving life sentences for a 1996 double murder and was a potential witness in an ongoing trial of three fellow inmates charged in a fatal prison riot has died.

Department of Correction officials say 49-year-old Luis Cabrera was pronounced dead shortly before 5 a.m. Thursday in the infirmary at Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington.

DOC officials said foul play is not suspected, but they refused to say whether Cabrera killed himself.

Cabrera was a potential witness in the first of several trials for 17 inmates charged in a February 2017 riot at Delaware's maximum-security prison, during which correctional officer Steven Floyd was killed and three other staffers taken hostage. Sixteen of the inmates are charged with murder in Floyd's death.

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