State prison officials investigating 2nd death at Donaldson Correctional Facility in 2 days

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Elvin Burnseed

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State prison officials are investigating the death of an inmate, the second in days at William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility.

According to Alabama Department of Corrections officials, 53-year-old Elvin Burnseed was found dead Monday afternoon at the prison in western Jefferson County. Burnseed was found lying unconscious on top tier of his doom.

Burnseed was immediately taken to the infirmary where life-saving measures were administered to no avail. He was pronounced dead at the facility at 3:58 p.m.

Authorities have not released additional details but said ADOC’s Investigations and Intelligence Division is investigating. The inmate was serving a life sentence out of Houston County for first-degree robbery. It wasn’t made clear whether foul play is suspected in Burnseed’s death.

Another inmate died at Donaldson on Saturday. Steven Edward Davis, 35, died following some kind of altercation with corrections officers. ADOC released this statement Monday about Davis’ weekend death: “On the morning of October 4, two Donaldson correctional officers say inmate Davis rushed out of his cell brandishing one prison-made weapon in each hand and attempted to strike an officer. After repeated verbal commands and the use of standard methods to disarm the inmate, Davis refused to comply. At that time, correctional officers applied physical measures to diffuse the threat in order to remove the weapons from the scene and secure the inmate.”