A 23-year-old Menard Correctional Center inmate from McLean County has been charged with murdering his cellmate. Randolph County State's Attorney Jeremy Walker says Donald Hazzard allegedly beat 64-year-old Yusuf Abuzir (YOO'-suf ah-boo-ZEER') in their cell Jan. 25. Abuzir died in the prison infirmary Feb. 25. Walker says Hazzard will be held in the Randolph County Jail on a $750,000 bond after he's released from Menard. Hazzard's 4 1/2-year sentence for illegal weapons possession in McLean County is scheduled to end Sunday. Abuzir's death is one of three cases of inmates dying under suspicious circumstances at Menard since Jan. 31. Murder charges have also been filed in a January 31st beating death. And Authorities are awaiting autopsy results in a March 26th death.
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