By DAVID ADLERSTEIN
CARRABELLE - The inmate who allegedly stabbed to death his cellmate early Monday morning at Franklin Correctional Institution died Tuesday afternoon of an apparent suicide.
After _____, a 43-year-old convicted sex offender, was stabbed to death in his cell early Monday morning, the inmate believed to have committed the crime, Christopher Lunz, 41, was moved later that day to Florida State Prison in Raiford, the Florida Department of Corrections’ most secure facility.
At 12:35 p.m. Tuesday, Lunz was found dead in his cell in Raiford of an apparent suicide, authorities said. They did not specify how he might have killed himself.
“We are investigating now,” said Gretl Plessinger, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Corrections.
The series of deadly events began around 4:55 a.m. Monday, when Lunz apparently stabbed _____ to death with a shank, a homemade weapon, while they were in their cell. Lunz was serving a life sentence for the March 2003 shotgun slaying of his father in Palm Harbor.
Plessinger said Lunz also stabbed a second inmate Monday morning, although his wounds are not life-threatening. Prison officials declined to release the second victim’s name, citing medical privacy regulations.
The second victim was not a cellmate of Lunz’s, Plessinger said. “Because it just happened, we’re still investigating but some details are blurry at this point,” she said.
Plessinger said a captain approached Lunz after the stabbing, talked him out of the weapon and got control of the situation. The facility, located just outside Carrabelle, then went into restricted movement for the next several hours.
_____ was convicted in March 1996 in Volusia County on two sex-related offenses, lewd and lascivious assault on a child under age 16, and coercion of a sex act on a child by an adult.
He served about 7.5 years for the crimes, and was released in December 2003. _____ returned to prison in June 2006 after violating his parole and was expected to be incarcerated until September 2016.
"TThey who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin (United States Constitution, Bill of Rights)
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