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NC correctional officer charged with stabbing colleague

Posted April 30, 2013

— A correctional officer at a state prison in Northampton County was charged Tuesday with stabbing another officer during a dispute off prison grounds, authorities said.

James Bell, 44, of North Church Street in Jackson, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. He was being held in the Northampton County jail under a $275,000 bond.

Authorities said Bell and Ronald Vaughan, who both work at Odom Correctional Institute, got into a dispute over Bell's paperwork. After getting off work Tuesday morning, they met up at a nearby convenience store, where their argument escalated into a physical confrontation, authorities said.

Vaughan, 47, was taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville for surgery, but his condition wasn't known.


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  • Obamacare survives May 1, 2013

    I'm glad they were able to work things out.

  • Naysayer May 1, 2013

    At least the taxpayers didn't have to spend much on fuel charges to transport this guy.

  • Terkel May 1, 2013

    "They met up later..." sounds like maybe some unfinished "business" in addition to the dispute.

  • SFSOLDIER May 1, 2013

    Crazy, cops fighting and stabbing one another. What kind of back ground checks were made on these two stellar cops?

  • mrr03 May 1, 2013

    Sounds like job related stress

  • Rebelyell55 May 1, 2013

    I guess our jails are pretty nice, this guy seem like he didn't worry about going there.

  • Sherlock May 1, 2013

    This is why you do not give them guns?, But if you need a job in NC just go apply at the DOC, I have seen some of the hires training when I drive by their academy......go there a have a look the ask your self....

  • sunshine1040 Apr 30, 2013

    Sounds like two people that should not have been hired by the state. Neither know how too control themselves

  • Phyxius1 Apr 30, 2013

    Looks like his new home may be his old workplace. I saw a TV show about how the inmates are less than happy/friendly with old guards who are now inmates...

  • Coach K is still GREAT Apr 30, 2013

    Perhaps he will be seeing the colleague he stabbed, but from BEHIND the bars in the near future...