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TX- Death-row inmate stabbed 54 times, listed as stable

11-5-1998 Texas:

Convicted capital murderer Robert James Anderson remained in serious but stable condition Wednesday after he was stabbed 54 times Tuesday by prison inmates.

Anderson was sentenced to die in 1993 for the kidnapping, rape and murder of 5-year-old Audra Ann Reeves of Amarillo.

The 32-year-old death-row inmate was found bleeding in his cell in the Ellis Unit at Huntsville at 12:15 p.m., said Huntsville spokesman Larry Todd. Anderson was transported by ambulance to a prison hospital in Galveston where he remained Wednesday, Todd said.

After the attack, the Ellis Unit wing where Anderson and other death-row inmates are housed, was locked down, Todd said. The lock-down was over at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Internal investigators spoke with several suspects and are holding two suspects in solitary cells while the investigation continues, Todd said.

Twenty-three puncture wounds were counted on Anderson's left arm, 15 in his chest, 11 in the abdomen, four in his back and one in the head, Todd said.

Investigators said blood was found in the hall outside Anderson's cell, and a shank, possibly made from a fence, was found in a nearby trash can.

Reeves' body was found on June 9, 1992, in an ice chest that had been dropped in a Dumpster in Amarillo.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rejected a motion for rehearing the case in 1996.

The court had upheld his conviction and death sentence a month earlier. ..Source.. by HOLLY PARKER, Globe-News Staff Writer

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