- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

WARTBURG, Tenn. (AP) - A convicted murderer has been indicted in the fatal stabbing of his cellmate, who was also a convicted murderer, at the Morgan County Correctional Complex in Wartburg earlier this year.

Gregory Smith was indicted Monday by a Morgan County grand jury on a charge of killing Edward “Tattoo Eddie” Harris on March 10, 2015, multiple news organizations report.

The office of Ninth Judicial District Attorney General Russell Johnson said cameras recorded 34-year-old Smith as he stabbed Harris multiple times in a housing unit lobby.

“Smith is seen using what TDOC officials describe as a prison-made shank to stab Harris multiple times,” a press release from Johnson’s office says.

Authorities said 58-year-old Harris’ aorta was slashed and he bled to death.



Officials said Smith is currently serving a life sentence at the Morgan County state prison for a 2004 murder conviction. His arraignment is pending, news organizations report.

At the time of his death, Harris was serving concurrent life sentences after being found guilty in the 1986 killings of a security guard and night clerk at the Rocky Top Village Inn in Gatlinburg. Each victim was stabbed repeatedly and shot in the head. Harris was arrested in 1987 and convicted in 1988.

Harris was sentenced to death but mental health experts later determined he had a mental disability he was removed from death row.

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