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Hearing for inmate charged in stabbing incident delayed

August 25, 2006

A preliminary hearing for a Maryland Correctional Training Center inmate charged with stabbing another inmate was postponed to give the defendant time to get legal representation, according to Washington County District Court records.

According to a charging document, Eric Juan Mills, 21, stabbed a fellow inmate July 16 with a shank measuring about 6 inches long and a half-inch thick. The homemade weapon, a sharpened piece of metal, was wrapped on one end with cardboard, according to the charging document.

The victim was treated for a minor laceration to the shoulder, according to the document.

Mills was to appear for a preliminary hearing on charges of carrying a concealed weapon, second-degree assault in prison, first-degree assault in prison and reckless endangerment. The hearing was postponed so Mills could get a public defender.

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