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Inmate faces charges in stabbing

March 23, 2005|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

A Maryland Correctional Institution inmate faces charges in Washington County Circuit Court in connection with a stabbing late last year at the prison, according to court records.

Washington County District Judge R. Noel Spence found probable cause Tuesday to forward four of five charges against Delreece Headspeth, 48, in connection with the incident on Dec. 27, 2004, records state.

Headspeth is charged with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and possession of a deadly weapon with intent to injure, records state.

A count of first-degree assault was dismissed during Tuesday's hearing, according to records.

Investigators allege Headspeth stabbed another inmate, Donald Brest, multiple times during a fight.

Investigators allege Brest attempted to hide the weapon, commonly called a shank, in a wire mesh cage that surrounds a washer and dryer inside the recreation hall.

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Brest received seven stab wounds - to his right and left lungs and both sides of his abdomen - and required emergency surgery at Washington County Hospital, according to records.

Brest's spleen had to be removed, his liver was punctured and he was put on life support for several days, records state.

Brest returned to the prison's hospital area Jan. 17, records state.

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