Basketball star Wayde Sims’ killer dies in jail days after life sentence

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office confirms Dyteon Simpson died Sunday night, July 10th, while at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Early reports indicate he died of a Fentanyl overdose while in the prison.

Simpson, 23, was sentenced to life behind bars without the benefit of parole just three days prior to his death. In April 2022, a jury found Simpson guilty of the second-degree murder of LSU Basketball player Wayde Sims.

Simpson was caught on video showing a brawl in Sept. 2018. In the video, Simpson was armed with a gun and seen shooting at Sims.

Sims, 20, died at the hospital from his gunshot wound. Sims was a standout & star basketball player at LSU whose life & career were cut short. He graduated from U-High prior to college.

Although preliminary indications are that Simpson died of an overdose, the official cause & manner of death are pending an autopsy and related tests such as toxicology.  

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday, July 11th. Toxicology reports can take a few months to return.

It’s unclear as of now how Simpson got Fentanyl that allegedly led to the overdose while he was at parish prison. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office said his death & the possibility of contraband at the prison are under investigation.

Officials said they did render aid & Narcan, but their efforts could not save Simpson’s life.   

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