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BEATING RULED OUT IN INMATE DEATH

James Charles, the Attica Correctional Facility inmate whose death May 24 led to inmate distrurbances May 25-26, died from exertion and inflammations of the heart and brain -- not a beating.

The results of an autopsy report were issued Tuesday by the state Department of Correctional Services.

The findings agree with the preliminary results issued a day after the death of Charles, 31, that there were no signs of external trauma that would have contributed to his death.

The examination was conducted by an Erie County medical examiner and confirmed by an independent pathologist, according to Amy Colodny, spokeswoman for the department.

Charles died in the prison infirmary after he rushed a correction officer and was subdued by three officers. The next night, several hundred inmates broke about 900 windows and burned two officers' posts, causing about $35,000 in damage.

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