A killer who was waiting to die on Alabama's Death Row after strangling his 'talkative' cell mate has died before his execution date, authorities say.
Patrick Schroeder, 45, died on Monday (August 29) inside Tecumseh state prison and officials do not yet know why.
Schroeder had originally been imprisoned for life after being convicted of killing a farmer in southeast Nebraska in 2006.
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However, in a violent episode n 2017, Schroeder attacked his fellow inmate Terry Berry,22 and strangled him to death.
After admitting his crime, Schroeder said he had been pushed to the evil act because Berry was too talkative.
Speaking to the media at the time, Schroeder said he believed he deserved to die for his crimes.
Following Berry's murder, the state of Alabama paid his family $479,000 to settle a lawsuit surrounding his death.
They argued that as Berry was only in prison for forgery and nearing is own parole he should not have been housed with a dangerous convicted murderer like Schroeder.
The circumstances around Schroeder's death will be the subject of an investigation which will be heard by a grand jury.
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