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March 29, 2013

Convict fatally stabbed in neck at Hagerstown facility

HAGERSTOWN — A stab wound to the neck killed a 22-year-old inmate who was assaulted Tuesday night at Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown, according to Maryland State Police.

The cause of Deavel M. Johnson’s death was revealed during an autopsy at the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore, police spokesman Greg Shipley said Friday.

He said the manner of death was ruled as a homicide.

“No one has been charged at this time,” Shipley said.

State police investigators have concluded initial interviews with inmates and correctional officers who were at the scene when Johnson was stabbed, Shipley said.

“There may be additional interviews as the investigation continues,” he said.

Johnson was noticed standing near a bunk bed with blood on him as a correctional officer was conducting a head count at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to a state police news release.

Shipley said Wednesday that the incident occurred in a dormitory unit at the prison with 32 beds and about 64 inmates.

Correctional officers performed first aid on Johnson and took him to the prison dispensary, police said. Johnson then was taken to Meritus Medical Center east of Hagerstown, where he was pronounced dead at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Shipley said Maryland State Police Forensic Science Division crime scene technicians and investigators from the Homicide Unit and Criminal Enforcement Division were called to the prison to investigate.

According to state prison officials, Johnson was incarcerated in 2011 and was serving a four-year sentence for first-degree burglary.

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