Fatal Prison Stabbing at Elmore Correctional

An inmate from Mobile County is accused of stabbing another inmate to death.

The attack happened at the Elmore Correctional Facility around 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Johnny Lee Spears
Johnny Lee Spears stabbed to death.

Prison officials say two inmates, Johnny Lee Spears and Latarian Frison, got into a fight that ended with a fatal stab wound.

Spears was stabbed and died from his injuries just before 6 p.m. Friday.

Latarian Martel Frison
Latarian Martel Frison accused of stabbing fellow inmate to death.

Frison has ties to our area. He is serving a 20-year sentence for a 2008 conviction for second-degree robbery in Mobile County, and Spears was serving a life sentence for murder in Madison County.

No other inmates nor prison officials were injured in the fight. The stabbing in under investigation.

Elmore Correctional Facility, built in 1981, was designed to hold 600 inmates. Currently, the prison is housing 1,173 inmates, 195% of its current capacity.

Governor Bentley visited Holman Prison after two riots there last week. Bentley recently introduced an $800 million bill to add four modern, efficient facilities to the Alabama Department of Corrections to fight overcrowding.

Governor Robert Bentley released this statement about the stabbing:
“Tonight’s stabbing at Elmore Correctional Facility is another sad reminder of the crisis inside the prison system. The violence is spiraling out of control and, left unaddressed, poses a major threat to public safety. The Prison Transformation Initiative is a good, common sense, plan to address the challenges in the prison system and make the system safer for corrections officers and inmates. We cannot continue to have incidents of violence like the stabbing tonight or the riots a few weeks ago.”

Gov. Bentley

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