07/27/2006

2 inmates charged with fatally stabbing guard at Md. prison

By WILEY HALL
Associated Press Writer

BALTIMORE- Two inmates, who may have gotten free by jamming the locks of their cells, were charged with the stabbing death of a corrections officer, authorities said.

It was the second killing of an on-duty corrections officer in the state this year.

David McGuinn, 42, was counting inmates alone in the maximum-security prison late Tuesday when he was attacked and stabbed several times in the neck and back, said Maj. Priscilla Doggett, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Division of Correction.

Lamar C. Harris, 26, and Lee E. Stephens, 27, each were charged with first- and second-degree murder on Wednesday.

The Maryland House of Correction in Jessup, built in 1878, has been wracked by violence in recent months. Three inmates have been killed there since May, and inmates assaulted two officers in April. Doggett said officials don't believe the assaults were related, but they are investigating that possibility.

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