SPRINGVILLE, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Corrections is investigating a deadly stabbing of an inmate that occurred at the St. Clair Correctional Facility in Springville on Monday.
It happened at approximately 12:25 p.m. when a fight broke between two inmates in the dayroom of one of the prison’s cell blocks.
Corrections officers responding to the incident detained the inmates, secured the cell block, and called for medical assistance. Both inmates were taken to the prison’s infirmary for evaluation and treatment.
Prison officials report that Timothy Bradford Latham, 30, received multiple stabbed wounds to the chest area during the altercation. Latham succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead by a corrections physician at 12:42 p.m.
Justin Jamaal Jackson, 27, was detained as a suspect in the stabbing. Jackson is currently serving a 5-year sentence for a 2013 third-degree robbery conviction in Jefferson County. Officers recovered a makeshift knife used in the assault.
In addition to his 2013 conviction, Jackson received a 5-year sentence in 2009 for third-degree burglary in St. Clair County. He was released from prison in June 2011.
Latham was serving a 25-year sentence for multiple offenses in Montgomery County, which included first-degree robbery, rape and sodomy convictions.
Department of Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn said his department is assessing the security situation at the St. Clair Correctional Facility in light of recent contraband issues, and inmate assaults.
“We are taking every precaution to increase the safety and security of the facility,” Dunn said. “Our officers are continuing to search the facility for contraband, and segregating those inmates from general population who show a propensity for violent behavior. “
The St. Clair Correctional Facility remains on lockdown. Another inmate was stabbed at this facility just last week. A corrections officer at the prison was attacked and stabbed by two inmates.
ADOC’s Investigations and Intelligence Division is investigating the stabbing.