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Hawkins County female inmate dies awaiting court hearing

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A woman arrested last month in Hawkins County, Tennessee, has died while in custody, according to a report issued Friday by Sheriff Ronnie Lawson.

Lora Elizabeth Birchfield, 51, was arrested on June 29 for theft of property over $1,000 and unlawful possession of a weapon. Lawson reported that Birchfield became ill while housed in the county detention center in Rogersville on Monday and was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

An autopsy is being performed and results will be released at a later date, the sheriff said.

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