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story.lead_photo.caption Trammell McKenzie Hunter appears in court Monday, Dec. 19, 2016, in Texarkana.


An inmate accused of killing a guard at an Arkansas jail has apologized in court.

The Texarkana Gazette reported that Tramell MacKenzie Hunter made the comments Monday during his first appearance in court on preliminary charges of capital murder and battery. Hunter is accused of killing correction officer Lisa Maudlin and injuring another officer in an attack Sunday at the Miller County jail in Texarkana.

The newspaper reported that Hunter said — in his words — "I just felt like she was messing with my life."

Judge Wren Autrey says Hunter will be transferred to a maximum security prison.

Read Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

— The Associated Press


One correctional officer was killed and another was injured after an inmate attacked them inside the Miller County jail Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

Around 1 p.m., an inmate attacked officers Lisa Mauldin and Demaris Allen at the jail, located at 2300 East Street in Texarkana, the Miller County sheriff's office said in a statement.

Both women were transported to Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana. Mauldin died from her injuries, and Allen was then taken to a hospital in Little Rock, the statement said.

The detention center was secured and it remained on lockdown Sunday night, authorities said, adding Arkansas State Police are investigating the attack. The name of the inmate who attacked the officers was not immediately available.

The statement said officials at the jail are asking for "prayers for the families of these correction officers and for the agency as we mourn the loss of one of our own."

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said Mauldin's death is a reminder that "the officers who guard our jails are in just as much danger as those who diligently patrol our streets."

“I commend the service of Officer Mauldin and know that she was a dedicated member of the force who never forgot the oath she took to protect and serve," Rutledge said in a statement.

— Emma Pettit

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  • Zepplin1
    December 19, 2016 at 11:59 a.m.

    "The name of the inmate who attacked the officers was not immediately available."

    why ?!!!!! inmates aren't supposed to have privacy rights. give up the name.

  • HarleyOwner
    December 19, 2016 at 12:09 p.m.

    It more than likely a male inmate. I just don't understand why they have female guards for male inmates. And since Arkansas is not executing anyone, it will just be more years added to the inmate's sentence.

    December 19, 2016 at 4:58 p.m.

    These Equal Rights People have lost all of their Common Sense, Women working with Prisoners, which are mostly Men is just another big Problem, Waiting to Happen, Women are not qualified for all Jobs, No matter what People think about it, Women do not have the Upper body Strength to do a Man's Job. So get over the Politically Correct Equal Bull Crap before more get wounded and or killed, It is going to happen you know,

  • Nodmcm
    December 19, 2016 at 5:48 p.m.

    This inmate is tough, so he ought to be sent to Iran, to be parachuted into Tehran with many weapons and explosives. Let's see how he does up against those Republican Guards working for the ayatollahs. I always thought the idea behind the film, "The Dirty Dozen," was a good one!

  • caspertherat
    December 19, 2016 at 6:42 p.m.

    The thug's name is Tramell MacKenzie. He could have been Obama's son.

  • HM2
    December 19, 2016 at 8:51 p.m.

    Like an apology makes everything ok right? An apology will bring the lady officer back, right? put those sob's on their knees and but a bullet in each of their worthless heads, that's all they'll understand.

  • 4thHorsemanoftheConfederacy
    December 19, 2016 at 11:55 p.m.

    Job hazard....they know before going in what the risks are..too bad, though