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Third inmate killed in state prison since September

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A man serving life in prison without parole was killed Sunday in an apparent homicide, Maryland State Police said, the third such incident since September at the North Branch Correctional Institution in Allegany County.

The suspect is another inmate, who was not identified pending formal charges. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

The inmate killed was identified as Ricky Bailey, 51. Bailey was convicted in 1991 of offenses stemming from when he and an accomplice broke into a woman's home and bound her and her 16-year-old daughter with tape for hours while they raped her 20-year-old daughter in another room. Bailey and David Wayne Hall, the accomplice, also forced the woman to rob her employer, a bank. Bailey also had previous convictions for violent offenses.

According to state police, Bailey's cellmate told correctional officers delivering breakfast to cells about 4 a.m. that Bailey "needed to be removed from the cell." At that point, officers found Bailey unconscious and with injuries to his head, neck and extremities. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sunday's is the third incident since September in which an inmate was allegedly killed by another inmate at the North Branch Correctional Institution, the highest-security prison in the state.

In September, Charles David Richardson IV, sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars for murdering two people in Columbia in 2007, was found strangled to death in his cell. In early January, Michael Armstead, a serial rapist, died in the hospital from a head injury after another inmate allegedly assaulted him in November. Suspects in both cases were identified as fellow inmates, but it is unclear whether formal charges have been filed in either case.

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