Jefferson City inmate charged in cellmate's death
JEFERSON CITY (AP) - An inmate at Missouri's maximum-security prison in Jefferson City has been charged with murder in the beating death of his cellmate.
The Jefferson City News Tribune reports a Cole County grand jury on Tuesday indicted 33-year-old Randy Teter on one count of first-degree murder.
Teter shared a cell at the Jefferson City Correctional Center with 35-year-old Mark Melton, who was assaulted Aug. 19. Melton was taken to a hospital in Columbia and died a few days later.
Melton was from the southeast Missouri town of Malden. He pleaded guilty in 2009 to attempted first-degree sodomy and was sentenced in Dunklin County Circuit Court to nine years in prison.
Teter is serving a sentence from Jackson County for second-degree murder and armed criminal action.
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