State police were investigating the beating death of an inmate Sunday at the Western Correctional Institution, the second inmate death in two weeks at the Cumberland facility.
Police said a correctional officer was conducting a routine inmate count about 3 p.m. when he heard a disturbance and found an inmate hitting Timothy Davis, 37, of Baltimore, on the head with a television set. Inmates are allowed to purchase items for their cells, including televisions, from a state-approved catalog.
The suspect was taken into custody, but officials did not release his name because he had not been charged.
Davis was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Court records show he was serving a prison sentence for attempted murder from 2007, though he was scheduled for a new trial in April.
The death comes less than two weeks after another inmate was killed at WCI, a maximum-security prison. On Feb. 2, 41-year-old inmate Blas Ramon Mata Aguilar was found dead in his cell. Aguilar, an inmate since 2004, was serving an 11-year sentence for sexual assault. No one has been charged in that case.
State police said they could not provide motives in either incident. A spokesman for the state prison system referred questions to police.
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