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Lauderdale County Man Dies in Prison

Greg Nard

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. — A man convicted of capital murder in Lauderdale County over 16 years ago has died in prison with “no foul play” suspected, according to officials.

Greg Nard, 41, was found unresponsive in his cell on June 14, according to the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, and was pronounced dead on June 17 at 6:45 p.m.

Nard was sentenced to life in prison in 2009 after he pleaded guilty to killing James Gregory Wright, 42, of Green Hill. The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) said Wright had been beaten and stabbed to death on January 27, 2007.

According to Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Yates, a preliminary autopsy found “no evidence of trauma or foul play associated” with Nard’s death. The cause and manner of death are still pending additional lab studies.

According to investigators at the time, they believed there was a disagreement between Wright and Norman Widdoson over a $70 debt that may have served as a motive in the homicide.

Deputies with the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) went to Wright’s home on County Road 130 on January 31, 2007. They found him dead inside the house with a laceration to his throat.

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