West Virginia inmate slaying case goes to jury

CLARKSBURG (AP) — The case of a federal inmate charged with killing another prisoner has gone to the jury.

Kevin Marquette Bellinger is charged with second-degree murder and murder by an inmate serving a life sentence. He could face life in prison without the possibility of parole if he’s convicted on either charge.

The Exponent Telegram reports that jury deliberations are scheduled to begin Monday morning in U.S. District Court in Clarksburg.

The 33-year-old Bellinger and co-defendant Patrick Andrews are accused of killing fellow inmate Jesse Harris at the U.S. Penitentiary at Hazelton on Oct. 7, 2007.

Prosecutors say Harris was stabbed 22 times.

Andrews’ trial is scheduled for May 2015. If he is convicted, prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty.

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