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April 16, 2014

Investigation continues into inmate’s death

An investigation into the death of a James Crabtree Correctional Center inmate continues, according to an Oklahoma Department of Corrections official.

Timothy Dunivan, 61, died of multiple sharp force injuries at the Helena prison on the morning of March 29.

“The investigation is still going on,” Oklahoma Department of Corrections spokesman Jerry Massie said, adding that the case has not been turned over and he did not have an expected time for when it would be turned over to a district attorney.

Dunivan’s death was ruled a homicide, said Amy Elliott, chief administrative officer with the state medical examiner’s office.

The medical examiner’s office did not respond to an Open Records request seeking Dunivan’s autopsy report Wednesday. When a request was made earlier this month, Elliott said an autopsy report was pending.

Dunivan’s daughter, Sheryl Coleman, said the family has not yet received the autopsy report.

Massie previously said that it appeared the weapon used was a “homemade knife-like weapon.”

The suspect’s name has not been released. The suspect reportedly was moved to a different facility following the homicide.

Dunivan was serving three 50-year sentences after being convicted in 2005 of sexually abusing a minor in Tulsa County.

Coleman said Dunivan had received death threats early on in his incarceration at Crabtree. She said her father told her in January he had started receiving threats again in October 2013.

Coleman said Wednesday the family has retained an attorney.

“We are suing the prison,” Coleman said.

She said a lawsuit has not yet been filed, as the attorney is looking into past events involving Dunivan that could be included in the suit.

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