Inmate killed in Cumberland is second in as many weeks

State police say correctional officer observed attack, suspect identified

February 14, 2011|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

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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