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PA- Easton Man Charged In Slashing Of Fellow Inmate

3-6-2009 Pennsylvania:

A Northampton County Prison inmate was arrested Thursday on charges he used a razor to slash another inmate who is awaiting trial in a 30-year-old homicide case.

Michael Anthony Garcia, 17, was charged with simple assault and harassment and sent back to county prison under $10,000 bail by District Judge Gay Elwell of Easton.

Garcia allegedly cut Robert W. White Jr., 51, on Feb. 9 in the forehead about five times, causing a 2-inch cut on the left side of his forehead, said Lt. Chris Naugle .

Garcia was in prison on aggravated assault charges, according to court papers. The details surrounding those charges were not available.

White, who was arrested last year, faces a capital homicide charge in the 1978 death of 21-year-old Virginia Morrell, who was found naked with her hands tied behind her back and her mouth and nose covered with duct tape.

White has convictions for sexual violence, including an attempted rape of a 20-year-old woman in Forks Township a few weeks after Morrell died. In 1982, he was convicted in Virginia of abducting and raping a 22-year-old woman, and attempting to maim or rape a 27-year-old woman.

At the time of her death, Morrell was living next door to White at an Ann Street apartment complex on Easton's South Side. White was arrested after an Easton detective began reviewing the case last year and matched White's DNA to a nightgown on which Morrell was lying.

When arrested, White was living in Virginia, where he was required to register as a violent sex offender. ..News Source.. by The Morning

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