Man Convicted Of Murdering State Senator Found Dead

Byron Looper

(Wartburg, TN) The 48-year-old man convicted of murdering a Tennessee senator was pronounced dead at 11:10 a.m. Wednesday.

Byron (Low Tax) Looper was serving a maximum sentence of life without parole for the Oct. 19, 1998, first-degree murder of Tommy Burks.

Looper, who was the Putnam County Tax Assessor at the time of the murder, was running as a Republican against incumbent Democrat Burks for state senator.

Looper was found unresponsive in his jail cell at the Morgan County Correctional Complex. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will lead the investigation into his death.


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