Deliberations to resume in Arundel death-penalty trial

Jury deliberations in the death-penalty trial of a convicted killer charged in the murder of a correctional officer are scheduled to resume Monday morning in Anne Arundel County.

Jurors already have deliberated for a day and a half in the case of Lee Edward Stephens, 32, one of two prisoners accused of fatally stabbing Cpl. David McGuinn as he performed a prisoner count at the House of Correction in July 2006.

The long-troubled and antiquated maximum-security prison in Jessup was closed in March 2007 after a new corrections chief said it could not be made safe. Three inmates were slain there during the summer of 2006, and another correctional officer was ambushed and stabbed in early March 2007 but survived.

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