Deputies: Murder suspect charged for stabbing other inmate 19 times

Posted at 5:12 AM, Apr 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-27 05:12:53-04

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — Deputies say a man jailed in Florida on a first-degree murder indictment has stabbed another inmate because he believed the inmate was trying to learn about his case to testify against him.

A Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrest report says 31-year-old Christopher Russell Taylor stabbed 32-year-old Jessie Jenkins 19 times with a sharpened piece of metal Tuesday.

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The Ledger of Lakeland reports Jenkins was treated and released from a hospital. Court records say Jenkins was arrested April 5 on burglary and related charges.

Taylor told deputies about the stabbing and is now also charged with attempted first-degree murder. Taylor was arrested in February in a man’s beating death and is charged with murder in the January deaths of three people in South Carolina.

It’s unclear if Taylor has a lawyer.

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