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Teen accused of killing cellmate with pencil

Associated Press / July 30, 2011

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LAS VEGAS - Police say a Las Vegas teenager accused of killing his 6-year-old second cousin stabbed his cellmate to death with a pencil at the Clark County Detention Center.

A Las Vegas police spokesman, Bill Cassell, said yesterday that 18-year-old Carl Guilford will face a murder charge in connection with the latest killing.

Jail officials discovered the injured inmate while conducting a routine bed check around 1:30 a.m. yesterday. Officials tried to treat his injuries but later pronounced him dead.

Police say Guilford stabbed the cellmate with a pencil during a fight.

The coroner’s office has not identified the dead inmate.

Cassell says this is the first time since 1979 that an inmate at the jail has been killed.

Guilford was arrested in May on murder charges in his cousin’s death.

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