Week after prison slaying, inmates still in lockdown

Prison officials confirmed Tuesday than inmates at both the Point of the Mountain and Gunnison correctional sites remained in lockdown in the wake of a spate of recent stabbing incidents.

Department of Corrections spokesman Steve Gehrke stressed that a deliberate and thorough security assessment continued Tuesday, nearly a week after the April 27 slaying of maximum security inmate Alfonso Lopez, 27. Lopez’s cell mate, Jacob Ecker, 23, was being questioned in the incident.

That slaying came just eight days after another, 25-year-old inmate was stabbed in the chest during a suspected gang-related altercation, also at Point of the Mountain.

Prison officials also have investigated an apparently self-inflicted stabbing that resulted in non-life threatening injuries to a 34-year-old inmate on April 20.  More

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