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.