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Date: May 11, 2009 Phone: 919 -716-3700


Inmate dies from injuries sustained in farm accident

TILLERY – Inmate Woody Chavis died this morning after he was backed over by a tractor at the Caledonia Prison Farm.  Chavis and another inmate were working shortly before 8 a.m. to hitch a trailer to a farm tractor when Chavis was accidentally run over.

 Prison medical staff administered CPR and first aid before EMS arrived and transported Chavis to a local hospital.  He was airlifted to Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, where he died at 11:15 a.m.

 Chavis, 47, was serving a life sentence for 1st degree sexual offense and kidnapping.  He was an inmate assigned to Tillery Correctional Center and worked on the neighboring Caledonia Farm.

 Department of Correction safety officials are conducting a safety investigation and the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department is reviewing the situation, however, no foul play is suspected.


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