(09/14/2012)
A Calhoun-Roane man, an inmate at Mount Olive prison, accused of killing another inmate last year, has been indicted for allegedly attempting to kill yet another inmate with a broken broomstick.

A Fayette County grand jury indicted Christopher Cox, 27, on attempted murder and malicious assault charges.

Cox allegedly broke a broomstick and stabbed Talbert F. Dehaven III, 35, on April 11, both inmates at Mount Olive Correctional Complex.

Cox has served seven years of a 30-year sentence for second-degree murder and second-degree robbery for murdering a Calhoun man at Letherbark in 2005.

Cox was scheduled for a parole hearing on that charge in August 2019, and has a projected release date of Feb. 1, 2036. when he would be 51 years old.

But Cox was indicted last year on murder charges in the death of inmate Joseph Braddock on Sept. 24.

Braddock's family filed a lawsuit last month in Kanawha Circuit Court, alleging that corrections officers ignored threats on Braddock's life and failed to protect him.

The suit says that when the attack happened, the Mount Olive corrections officers assigned to the recreation yard gave Cox "loud commands to stop" and did not enter the yard or attempt to physically impede Cox's violence.

Cox is yet to have a trial scheduled on the the murder charges from last year.

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