Posted on Sep 07, 2010
   A North Carolina prisoner has died from brain injuries he suffered in state prison two years ago.

   Timothy Helms, 49, was being held at the state prison in Taylorsville and died Sunday morning at a Greensboro hospital. Officials say Helms, of Concord, was mentally ill and had an IQ of 79.

   The State Bureau of Investigation was not able to determine the cause of his injuries. After suffering the brain trauma, Helms was bedridden and not able to walk.

   His death was a shock to his attorney, who says she had no knowledge he was ill beyond his diminished mental capacity.

   Helms had been sentenced to three life prison terms on three counts of second-degree murder after a 1994 DUI collision.