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Work release inmate assigned to concrete job found dead at Heck plant

10 months 14 hours 30 minutes ago Wednesday, July 31 2019 Jul 31, 2019 July 31, 2019 3:25 PM July 31, 2019 in News
Source: WBRZ
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BATON ROUGE – A work-release inmate was found dead at his job Wednesday – a concrete plant owned by Heck Industries.

Sheriff’s deputies said other concrete workers found George Merritte, 50, unresponsive in a chair located in the break room of the facility. The employee called 911, and began CPR. Merritte could not be revived, the sheriff’s office said.

Merritte was a work release inmate assigned to Louisiana Workforce. He was working at the facility on Adams Road.

The sheriff's office handled the investigation since it involved a work release inmate. 

An autopsy will be performed to determine cause of death. 

Court records show Merritte was in jail on robbery charges. 

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