Missouri convicted killer dies while serving life term

POTOSI, MO (AP) - Missouri prison officials say a St. Louis man serving a life sentence in a 1990 killing in St. Louis has died while in state custody.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 52-year-old Potosi Correctional Center inmate Keith Macon died shortly before 8 p.m. Monday at a Potosi hospital.

A cause of death was not immediately revealed, and an autopsy was pending.

A St. Louis jury convicted Macon in 1991 in the August 1990 beating death of 72-year-old Forrest Lee, who was his neighbor in a six-family apartment building.

Macon claimed he punched Lee in self-defense.

Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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