State police said an inmate at a state prison in West Liberty used a shank to stab another inmate who later died, but the weapon has not been found.
Michael S. Lynch was stabbed in the neck Sunday at Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex and was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where he died the next day, police and corrections officials said.
A murder charge is pending against fellow inmate Eric S. Chapman. State police will present the case to a grand jury next month, said Master Trooper Joe Veeneman, a spokesman for the state police post in Morehead.
Veeneman said police think Chapman attacked Lynch with a shank — a sharp object typically fashioned out of items commonly available to inmates.
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Chapman apparently disposed of the weapon after the attack, possibly by "flushing it down the commode," Veeneman said.
Lynch, 31, had multiple neck wounds, according to a news release from the Department of Corrections. Lynch was on recreation in dormitory 5, a segregation unit, when Chapman stabbed him, the news release said.
In addition to the pending criminal charges, Chapman will face administrative charges, the news release said.
Lynch was serving a 25-year sentence for murder in Calloway County. He would have been eligible for parole in October 2029.
Chapman, 32, is serving a 17-year sentence for second-degree robbery, second-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment in Whitley County. He also is serving time for a conviction in Fayette County for receiving stolen property. He was to be eligible for parole in June.