Inmate stabbed to death at Maryland Penitentiary

December 15, 1992|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer

A Maryland Penitentiary inmate serving life plus 20 years for murder was fatally stabbed in the throat and chest yesterday as he walked through a prison recreation area, authorities said.

Martin Eugene Thomas, 24, was attacked in the "A" Block recreation flat about 2 p.m. by a man armed with some type of jagged blade, presumably a homemade weapon, said Cpl. J. Scott McCauley, a state prisons spokesman.

"The assailant stabbed him twice, once in the neck and once in the chest," Corporal McCauley said. "The victim staggered out of the area grasping his throat, and some inmates started yelling that he needed to go to the hospital."

Thomas' carotid artery was severed and although he received first aid at the prison, he died from severe blood loss shortly after he arrived at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Corporal McCauley said.

The prison immediately went into a lockdown. Investigators were interviewing suspects last night, and officials planned to search the cell block for the murder weapon, Corporal McCauley said.

In February, Thomas was convicted in Baltimore Circuit Court of first-degree murder and use of a handgun in commission of a felony for the Jan. 12, 1991, slaying of David Charles Washington.

Mr. Washington, of Pimlico, was gunned down in the 2000 block of Edmondson Ave. while sitting inside a car with two other men.

All three were shot when a group of men fired about 25 rounds from at least two 9mm semiautomatic weapons, one of which may have been an Uzi-type weapon, police said.

Mr. Washington was shot at least four times. The two other victims in the car -- William Myers, 20, and Eric Brown, 21 -- survived. Mr. Myers was shot in the head and Mr. Brown in the chest.

An argument apparently sparked the shooting incident, police said.

Corporal McCauley said that when Thomas was going through standard prison intake procedures in February, he asked not to be assigned to the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup, because "he said he might have some problems with people at the House."

As a result, he was assigned to the penitentiary in March, the spokesman said.

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