1:38 PM EDT, September 17, 2012
An autopsy shows flesh-eating bacteria caused the death of an Illinois prison inmate.
A convicted murderer, 32-year-old Robert Turner died Friday in a hospital where he was being treated for several illnesses, including cirrhosis of the liver.
An autopsy shows he died from blood poisoning and necrotizing fasciitis -- the so-called flesh-eating bacteria.
The flesh-eating disorder is a rare but severe type of infection that can destroy the muscles, skin and other underlying tissue.
Turner was on a medical furlough from the Dixon Correctional Center, where he was serving a 40-year sentence for killing a Chicago man during a 1998 home invasion.