1 inmate dead, 1 charged after stabbing at Elmore Correctional

1 inmate dead, 1 charged after stabbing at Elmore Correctional

ELMORE CO., AL (WSFA) - One inmate is dead and another is being charged with murder after a stabbing at the Elmore Correctional Facility Tuesday.

According to Alabama Department of Corrections, Jason Lee Jackson, 28, will be charged with murder following the death of Timothy Robertson, 47.

The stabbing happened around 6:35 p.m. A corrections lieutenant observed an inmate, later identified as Robertson, in distress inside the prison yard. ADOC says officers responding to the incident found Robertson with multiple stab wounds.

Robertson was treated but died from his injuries.

Surveillance video and witness accounts of the stabbing led investigators to detain Jackson as a suspect, according to ADOC officials.

"The Department of Corrections is assessing the security levels of all maximum and medium correctional facilities to determine where critical staffing may be needed," said Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn.  "The safety of our officers and those in our custody is our utmost concern, and we will employ all available resources to prevent the escalation of violence in light of recent incidents."

ADOC says Jackson is serving a five-year sentence for a 2014 third-degree robbery conviction in Barbour County. Robertson was serving a 35-year sentence for first-degree rape in Marengo County.

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