Inmate, 41, found dead in Lafayette Parish Correctional Center cell

A 41-year-old inmate in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center was found dead in his cell early Wednesday, officials said.

Chris Jefferson was found unresponsive during routine jail cell inspections at 5 a.m., Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Craig Stansbury said.

Jefferson was a state Department of Corrections prisoner who was transferred to Lafayette on Sept. 14.

The department had Jefferson on hold on a charge of manslaughter. Stansbury said he didn’t know if Jefferson was serving a sentence or if he was awaiting trial. Stansbury also said he had no information on where Jefferson was from.

Sheriff’s deputies tried to revive Jefferson, then let paramedics take over once they arrived.

“The initial autopsy and review of the circumstances show no signs of foul play,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a prepared statement.

Stansbury said a full autopsy was planned.