Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Inmate charged in killing

TRENTON - A Mercer County Jail inmate accused of killing his cell mate last year has been indicted on a murder charge.

County prosecutors say Lamar Gaines, 19, beat, choked, and suffocated Darryl Boone during an attack in October.

Boone, 38, was found by corrections officers who had entered the cell because they saw water flowing from under the door.

Gaines faces a life sentence if convicted.

According to court documents, Gaines admitted the killing to guards.

The document says that Gaines admitted to using a torn sheet to strangle Boone and that he also sought to pour water on his unconscious victim in an attempt to drown him.

Authorities have not said what spurred the alleged attack, which occurred two days after authorities say Gaines attacked another inmate in the jail's gym. That attack left the inmate hospitalized and Gaines charged with attempted murder.

Gaines remains jailed on $2 million bail.

Gaines was being held in connection with a February 2012 robbery and carjacking.

Boone was being held on a recent vehicular-homicide charge.

He was charged in connection with the death a year ago of Jamere Cullers, 22, who was a passenger in a car driven by Boone that hit a pole in Trenton.

Associated Press
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