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.