The state Correction Department last night announced investigations of two more deaths in state prison units.

Early Sunday, Joseph Hixon, serving a three-year sentence from Sebastian County, died at the Ouachita River Correction unit at Malvern. He was found unresponsive in his cell with a homemade noose around his neck.

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Sunday night about 11 p.m., Rusty Draper, serving a life sentence for murder from Grant County, was found in distress at the East Arkansas Regional Unit at Brickeys.  He died shortly before midnight.

State Police will investigate both deaths.

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