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Jail inmate caught with deadly weapon for second time in a month

James McKillop

A jail inmate, who already faces charges for allegedly slicing another inmate's throat, has been arrested again. James McKillop is being held in the Tippecanoe County Jail on a preliminary charge of prisoner with a dangerous device, with intent to use as a deadly weapon, according to online jail records.

Posted: Sep 26, 2018 9:01 AM
Updated: Sep 27, 2018 8:49 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A jail inmate, who already faces charges for allegedly slicing another inmate's throat, has been arrested again. James McKillop is being held in the Tippecanoe County Jail on a preliminary charge of prisoner with a dangerous device, with intent to use as a deadly weapon, according to online jail records.

Lt. Bob Goldsmith said McKillop was in possession of a "piece of metal." Goldsmith said the metal was found in Mckillop's cell Tuesday around 5 p.m. Goldsmith classified it as a piece of contraband, but was unable to provide any other details on our questions.

Chief Deputy Steve Hartman said the piece of metal was bent to be a weapon. 

As we reported earlier in September, inmate Lawrence Bell told a corrections officer that McKillop sliced his throat using a metal splint. According to court documents, the cut was several inches in length. Bell also told the officer McKillop punched him in the eye.

Security footage showed McKillop attacking Bell from behind while he was on the phone. 

McKillop has been in the Tippecanoe County Jail since December after he was charged in a baseball bat attack. Court documents showed McKillop admitted to hitting a man in the head with a baseball bat, knocking him unconscious. 

Online court records show McKillop has a court date scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. 

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