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A patient in the maximum security wing of a Maryland state psychiatric hospital has been charged with killing his roommate Friday. The slaying comes 13 months after another Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center patient was charged in the death of a fellow patient, the only other killing in the hospital's more than 50-year history.
Montgomery County prosecutors tried to prevent a state psychiatric hospital from releasing a schizophrenic woman, stating she remained a "danger to others and herself because of her mental illness," months before she was charged with stabbing a person Tuesday outside a Target store in Lanham.
"The last one was the first in its history, so this is very disturbing," Mr. Fitch said. "Perkins is reserved for patients with violent histories and violent charges. It's a tough place, but it has a terrific track record, but for these cases."
These two slayings are the only ones to occur at Perkins since it was built in 1959, Mr. Fitch said.