St. Clair County Coroner Dennis Russell said the victim, Jabari Bascomb, 22, died of multiple stab wounds. The inmate was pronounced dead at 2:12 p.m. Saturday at St. Vincent’s Hospital East, where the victim was transported by ambulance from the prison.
Russell said Bascomb’s body was sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Huntsville Monday.
St. Clair County District Attorney Richard Minor said he was notified of the stabbing at about 3:45 p.m. Saturday by an Alabama Department of Corrections investigator.
Minor would only say the death is currently under investigation by St. Clair Correctional Facility internal affairs investigators.
Brian Corbett, the public information manager for the Alabama Department of Corrections, said Monday that the investigation into Bascomb’s death is ongoing.
“We do have a suspect,” Corbett said.
He said the suspect was segregated from other prisoners.
Corbett said the motive for the stabbing is unclear at this time.
“At this time, it’s still under investigation,” he said. “It was a fight between two inmates.”
He said the stabbing took place in a cell block. He was uncertain of the type weapon that was used to kill Bascomb.
Corbett said he did not know how many times the victim was stabbed, and would not release the name of the suspect until formal charges are brought against the suspected inmate.
In 2009, Bascomb was convicted of murder in Jefferson County and of robbery first-degree in Tuscaloosa County.
Corbett said Bascomb was sentenced to 22 years for the murder conviction and another 10 years for the robbery first-degree conviction. Bascomb’s release date was set for Sept. 26, 2030.
Corbett said the stabbing happened at about 1 p.m. Saturday.
This is the second stabbing death at the St. Clair Correctional Facility in the past 2 years.
In 2009, Michael Turner, 24, who was serving a 3-year sentence from Montgomery County for robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, was stabbed to death inside the prison.
Authorities charged Taurus Carroll, 34, with the capital murder of Turner. Carroll was already serving life without the possibility of parole for a 1998 capital murder conviction in Jefferson County.
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