LAS VEGAS NV July 30 2011– Las Vegas police say an inmate was murdered by his cell mate.
18-year-old Carl Guilford has been charged with murder that happened early Friday morning at the Clark County Detention Center. Guilford was in jail accused of murdering his nephew.
Police say at 1:20 a.m. Friday morning, a jail guard was conducting routine checks and found an injured inmate. The officer entered the cell and found the male inmate unconscious and unresponsive with head trauma.
Emergency medical assistance was performed, but the inmate died at the scene.
Homicide investigators say the inmate had become involved in a fight physical altercation with Guilford. During the fight, Guilford allegedly beat the inmate and stabbed him with a pencil.
Guilford will be charged with murder for this crime. He was being held for the May 26 slaying of his nephew, which occurred on Desert Inn Road near Maryland Parkway.
Police say this is the murder of an inmate at the Clark County Detention Center since January 1979, when Patrick McKenna strangled his cell mate. McKenna remains on death row within the Nevada State prison system for that crime.
The identity of the deceased inmate, and the exact cause and manner of his death, will be released by the Clark County Coroner’s Office.
LAS VEGAS NV May 28 2011 — A man is in custody facing charges that he killed a 6-year-old boy by suffocating him.
The child’s family which lives on E. Desert Inn Rd. reported that Christopher Montgomery wasn’t breathing on the morning of Thursday, May 26. The child was later pronounced dead at Sunrise Hospital.
According to the arrest report, the boy’s mother told police that her cousin, Carl Guilford, who was also staying at the home, had been acting strange for a number of months and had allegedly smoked some marijuana that had changed him. She said he often spoke of spirits and making sacrifices.
In the report, police say they did interview Guilford and he told them he had put a comforter over the child’s face to quiet him. The boy suffered from asthma and breathing problems. Guilford also admitted to detectives that he had put his hand around the boy’s throat and squeezed. He said he heard a voice in the room that said, “well done”. Guilford told police that he believe it was devils. Guilford left the apartment and went to the Las Vegas Strip where he was later arrested.