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August 20, 2007

Ferguson Unit warden found dead in pool

A Texas Department of Criminal Justice warden was found dead in a Madison County unit’s pool only two weeks after taking the prison’s top spot.

A TDCJ spokesperson confirmed Monday that Clarence Mosley, 45, was found dead in the Ferguson Unit’s employee pool a little after 1 p.m. Sunday. He was pronounced dead on the scene at 1:50 p.m.

The Ferguson Unit is located about 5 miles south of Midway.

Jason Clark, a spokesperson for TDCJ, said the death appeared to be accidental.

Mosley’s body was taken to the Southeast Texas Forensic Center in Conroe for an autopsy to determine why Mosley fell in the pool, Madison County officials said.

Lew Plotts, Madison County’s Precinct 2 justice of the peace, said his office received preliminary autopsy results Monday but tests as to the cause of Mosley’s death were inconclusive.

“The return I got said they were waiting on different (tests) they had to do and they hadn’t reached a decision yet,” Plotts said. “They always wait until they get pretty much everything unless they see something immediately that they know caused the death.”

Plott said Wayne Brewer, a major at the Ferguson Unit, was first on the scene and attempted to pull Mosley from the deep end of the pool.

Mosley, an employee with TDCJ since December 1985, had only been warden of the Madison County unit since July, Clark said .

Mosley was found in the pool by his wife just after 1 p.m.

She called 911 while a correctional officer at the unit attempted to pull Mosley from the pool, Clark said, but was unsuccesful in removing Mosley from the pool.

“They entered the water and tried to bring (him) up to the surface but they were unable to move him,” Clark said.

When EMS personnel arrived at 1:15, Clark said they pulled Mosley from the pool and began CPR, but were unable to revive him.

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