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Inmate charged in Maryland prison homicide

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Johnnie L. Sellers (PHOTO: Maryland State Police)

JESSUP, Md. – Maryland State Police announced that they have charged a state prison inmate with the murder of his cellmate. The incident occurred in January at the Maryland Division of Correction in Jessup, Maryland.

Officials say that Johnnie L. Sellers, 37, is facing second degree murder charges, as well as charges for manslaughter, first degree assault, and second degree assault. The charges come after the January murder of Glenn E. Smith, 58. On January 21st, Maryland State Police were alerted to an inmate death at the Maryland Division of Correction. Investigators told police that Smith was found in his cell with multiple injuries on January 18th. Smith was transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he later died on the morning of the 21st. An autopsy at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore determined that the cause of death was homicide, resulting from multiple blunt force injuries.

According to police, the investigation revealed that Smith was last seen uninjured on the evening of January 17th, before the cells were locked for the night. The next morning, his cellmate, Johnnie L. Sellers, reported that Smith was injured. As the investigation progressed, Maryland State Police were able to to review the case with the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Office to obtain an arrest warrant for Sellers.