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Death-row inmate dies after illness

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published July 8, 2014 at 6:20 a.m. Updated July 8, 2014 at 8:53 a.m.

Joe Dansby is seen in this undated photo provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction.

A death row inmate who killed a Prescott woman and her fiance in 1992 has died in custody of apparent natural causes, authorities said.

Arkansas Department of Correction officials said Joe Dansby, 61, had been under treatment at the Ouachita River Correctional Unit hospital for about a year after developing an unspecified illness. He was taken by ambulance to a Malvern hospital Monday night, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at 10:35 p.m., the agency said.

"There's nothing suspicious about his death," Department of Correction spokesman Shea Wilson said. "There's not been any issues like that. He had been ill and had been housed at the hospital. There's nothing to indicate anything other than a natural death."

The full extent of Dansby's illness was not released, though Wilson said he faced "serious health issues." She said he suffered from spinal problems and was confined to a wheelchair

Dansby was convicted in 1997 of two counts of capital murder in the fatal shootings of 23-year-old Jeff Lewis and 21-year-old Malissa Clark, who were found dead in rural Nevada County.

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poppy1 says... July 8, 2014 at 12:15 p.m.

Not really much justice here, in my opinion. The man killed two young people whose only offense was they met up with this cold-blooded killer while out four-wheeler riding. I remember the case well. The couple were riding on a back road a few miles southeast of Prescott and Dansby came along and killed both of them for no apparent reason. There was no justice at all in his being taken care of with taxpayer money for over twenty years.

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Kharma says... July 8, 2014 at 3:10 p.m.

No justice ... True ... But at least we don't have to pay to feed and house him any more, and we no longer need pay for the monster's medical care. After 17 years why the @##% was he still on death row?

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HM2 says... July 8, 2014 at 7:56 p.m.

Nuff said

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