Baltimore Sun

Inmates charged in prison stabbing

- By Dan Belson

Two inmates at the Jessup Correction­al Institutio­n face assault charges after another inmate was stabbed last Friday, hours before officials say five inmates were involved in a fight at another facility nearby.

A correction­al officer at the maximum-security state prison said he saw Delano Oates, 35, and Zion Smith, 22, rush into the cell of inmate Freddie Poindexter, 25, about 11 a.m. July 15 and punch him several times, according to charging documents filed by correction­s investigat­ors.

Officials later determined Poindexter had been stabbed with a homemade weapon.

Oates and Smith then rushed out of the cell and into another when ordered to stop, charging documents state. Poindexter was “bleeding profusely,” and taken to the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was listed in stable condition, according to charging documents.

He had suffered several puncture wounds, including in an eye, as well as his waist, hand and leg, according to charging documents.

Poindexter told officials that he had awoke to a sharp pain but did not see who his assailants were and did not want to cooperate in the investigat­ion, according to the charging documents.

The attack happened hours before several inmates were injured in a fight at the Maryland Correction­al Institute in Jessup, a medium-security state prison next door.

The fight resulted in five inmates being taken to the hospital for injuries, including puncture wounds, after a group of inmates started fighting just before 9 p.m. July 15, officials said.

Department of Public Safety and Correction­al Services officials are still investigat­ing the fight, according to Lt. Latoya Gray, a prison spokespers­on. No charges have been filed.

The incidents were not related, Gray said.

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