Inmate accused in guard’s death remains in state hospital

    (AP) An Arkansas inmate accused in the beating death of a jail guard in 2016 will remain in the state hospital for mental health treatment.

    Tramell M. Hunter is accused in the December 18, 2016 killing of correctional officer Lisa Mauldin at the Miller County jail. He is also charged with battery of a peace officer for allegedly causing serious injury to Correctional Officer Damaris Allen shortly after inflicting the injuries to Mauldin that ended her life. Hunter has been found incompetent to stand trial because of issues concerning his mental health.

    At a court hearing Tuesday, prosecutors said Hunter was cooperating and complying with treatment orders but that doctors say his condition remains unchanged. The Texarkana Gazette reports that a status report is due by Aug. 23.

    Hunter had been assigned to the Miller County jail in 2010 as part of Arkansas Department of Correction 309 program, which allows certain offenders to serve their sentences in county jails in need of labor. He was serving a 15-year term assessed him in Pulaski County at the time of the attacks on Mauldin and Allen for shooting his uncle and his mother and stealing his mothers' car.

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