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Convicted Murderer Killed in Maine Prison: A fight between two convicted murderers in a Maine State Prison left one inmate dead and the other facing another murder charge.  Nok-Noi Ricker of Bangor Daily News reports that the man being charged in the inmate's death, Guy Hunnewell III, is serving a 40-year sentence for the stabbing death of his estranged girlfriend.  This is not the first prison altercation Hunnewell has been involved in, he was indicted in 2003 for allegedly assaulting another inmate with a shank.

US Marine's Murder Conviction Overturned: A U.S. Marine, Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III, had his murder conviction overturned after a federal judge ruled his Fifth Amendment rights were violated during an interrogation.  The Associated Press reports that Hutchins was the leader of a group accused of kidnapping and murdering an Iraqi man in 2006.  Hutchins will be released after serving roughly half of his 11-year sentence.

Columbian Police Make Arrest in DEA Agent's Murder: Four men have been arrested in Columbia and charged in the murder of U.S. DEA agent James Watson.  Jim Wyss of the Miami Herald reports that the men could be extradited to the United States to face murder charges.  Authorities believe the murder was the result of a botched robbery and not related to Watson's employment with the DEA.

Update:  Texas Executes 500th Inmate:  Convicted murderer, Kimberly McCarthy, became the 500th inmate to be executed in Texas since the death penalty was reinstated in 1982.  She was pronounced dead Wednesday evening after Texas prison officials administered a single lethal does of pentobarbital.

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