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Longest-Serving Prisoner On Texas Death Row Dies

Ronald Chambers/Dallas County Jail

Ronald Chambers/Dallas County Jail

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DALLAS (AP) - A spokeswoman for the Dallas County Sheriff’s office says the longest-serving prisoner on Texas’ death row has died of natural causes in the county jail.

Spokeswoman Kim Leach said Monday that 55-year-old Ronald Chambers died after he was found on the floor of his cell and transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital. She says Chambers came to the jail with “a series of health complications.” He died Friday.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice lists Chambers, who served nearly 35 years, as having spent the longest time on death row. He arrived on Jan. 8, 1976, three days before his 21st birthday, after being convicted of the abduction and murder of a 22-year-old Texas Tech student who was visiting Dallas.

He had been in Dallas County’s custody on an appeals issue since May 2009.

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