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Court filing: As guard lay dying, inmate stole gum from his pocket

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 6, 2016 10:48 AM
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(Wilkes Barre) -- Federal prosecutors say an inmate's killing of a guard at a federal prison in Wayne County was a calculated slaying during which the inmate paused to chew a piece of gum he took from the dying guard's pocket.

Prosecutors detailed the attack in court documents filed Monday, arguing that a jury should see surveillance video showing the nine-minute attack and 22-minute aftermath in which guard Eric Williams lay dying before other guards arrived.

Jessie Con-ui  is charged in the February 2013 stabbing death of Williams at the Canaan federal prison in Waymart.

Defense attorneys don't dispute he killed Williams. But they're opposing the death penalty and say the stabbing was retaliation for mistreatment by guards, not the calculated slaying prosecutors contend.

A ruling on the video evidence is pending.

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