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Inmate dies after stabbing inmate in Georgia jail
A man was fatally stabbed in a Georgia jail this afternoon by an inmate, authorities said.
Kemar Smith, 38, was found dead at the Gwinnett County Detention Center in Braselton, Georgia, about 12:30 p.m., after he had been detained but not charged with an alleged theft and who was being held in isolation, according to Gwinnett County Sheriff William D. Snell.
Smith was stabbed in the neck by an inmate in an open cell and was pronounced dead at the hospital, Snell said.
“We do not know the circumstances surrounding this incident but our thoughts and prayers are with Smith’s family,” Snell said.
The assailant was stabbed in the neck with a jail-issued guard’s knife and was in good condition at the hospital, Snell said. He wasn’t identified.
No other details were available.
The suspect was not identified and a court in Georgia said it had no further details.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the death was the second fatality in the Georgia jail in two weeks.
The inmate stabbed and killed on Wednesday was identified as Andrew Michael McFarland, 26, who was booked on charges of aggravated assault, robbery, obstruction and possession of a weapon in a penal facility, authorities said.
The stabbing occurred about 3:45 p.m.
Authorities have not said whether the inmate was taken into custody because, as a pretrial detainee, he’s not entitled to have a public defender appointed.
McFarland had a court appearance Tuesday in Fulton County, Georgia, and was being held pretrial Thursday when he was stabbed, the station reported, citing Fulton County officials.
McFarland was in custody for a theft in December of about $3,000, he was charged with and booked on Tuesday after a scuffle that led to his arrest, an assistant district attorney told the station