- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

PORTAGE, Wis. (AP) - Authorities have charged a prisoner with first-degree intentional homicide in the strangulation death of a cellmate at the Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage.

The charge against 42-year-old Dexter Ewing carries a penalty of life in prison with no possibility of parole because it designates him as a persistent repeater. He makes his first court appearance Friday via videoconference from the Waupun Correctional Institution.

The criminal complaint says 40-year-old Jerome Scott was found dead Feb. 12. Ewing told detectives he decided to kill Scott, his cellmate of two weeks, after Scott threatened him with a pen. Ewing said he threatened Scott with a shank, tied his hands behind his back with a bedsheet, then strangled Scott with a cord.

Ewing was previously convicted of killing a Milwaukee woman and taking hostages.

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