Man imprisoned for killing children emerges from coma...

Regional Digest

January 16, 2002

Man imprisoned for killing children emerges from coma

LAUREL - Richard W. Spicknall II, a Howard County man serving life in prison for the murders of his two children, emerged from a coma late Monday night and was taken off life support at the hospital where he had been in serious condition since Jan. 9, state correctional officials said.

Spokesman Leonard A. Sipes Jr. said Spicknall, 29, who had been taken to Laurel Regional Hospital after corrections officials found him unconscious in his cell at the Maryland House of Correction Annex, was responsive yesterday and answering questions.

Using medical records released by the hospital yesterday, investigators were trying to determine whether Spicknall was poisoned or overdosed - either intentionally or accidentally - or whether something else happened while he was in custody at the maximum-security prison, officials said. Spicknall was sentenced to two life terms in November 2000 for fatally shooting his 3-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son in their car seats during a trip to the Eastern Shore in September 1999.

Inmate dies in stabbing at prison annex in Jessup

JESSUP - State officials were investigating yesterday the stabbing death of a 40-year-old inmate at the House of Correction Annex.

Kevin Dixon of Baltimore County was repeatedly stabbed about 6:30 p.m. Monday, as he walked from the dining hall to his cell at the maximum-security prison in Jessup, said Lt. Priscilla Doggett, a Division of Correction spokeswoman.

Dixon, serving a 30-year sentence for first-degree assault, was pronounced dead about 8 p.m. Monday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Doggett said. A prison-made knife was recovered from the wing where Dixon was stabbed, she said. No inmates had been charged yesterday in the incident.

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