The second death happened Feb. 6.
Daquan Young, 27, was serving a life sentence from a 2011 Chatham County armed robbery conviction. He was an inmate at Smith State Prison in Tattnall County, about 65 miles west of Savannah.
“Agents have reason to believe inmate Young died as a result of injuries sustained during an altercation involving another inmate,” prison officials said in a news release.
He died at 1:42 p.m. at Memorial Hospital in Savannah from an apparent stabbing, Tattnall County Coroner Bobby Brannen told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Brannen said he couldn’t give out further information because the death was under investigation.
It isn’t clear if anyone has been charged in the death. The department of corrections declined to say immediately.
The third death happened Tuesday.
Guards found David Payne unresponsive in his cell at 8:40 a.m. at Baldwin State Prison near Milledgeville, prison officials said.
Officials said workers attempted “life saving measures,” but he was pronounced dead at 10:30 a.m. at the prison. Officials said his death was also a suspected suicide.
Payne, in his mid-30s, was six years into an 18-year stint from a Stephens County aggravated assault conviction.
All three deaths are under investigation by the state Department of Corrections.
The number of Georgia prison deaths investigated as suicides has been on the rise in recent years. Inmate advocates have attributed the uptick to a lack of mental health care and Georgia's use of solitary confinement.
State corrections officials say they have been working to reduce suicides.