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Originally published Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 5:34 AM

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Insanity plea in Spokane trial on prison assault

Trial is under way in Spokane for a state prison inmate accused of blinding a cellmate and beating another cellmate in a gruesome attack in 2010 at Airway Heights Corrections Center.

The Associated Press

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SPOKANE, Wash. —

Trial is under way in Spokane for a state prison inmate accused of blinding a cellmate and beating another cellmate in a gruesome attack in 2010 at Airway Heights Corrections Center.

Michael L. West Jr. is charged with assault. His lawyer says he should be found not guilty by reason of insanity.

The 36-year-old was convicted of murder for killing a cellmate in 2004 in the Spokane County Jail.

The Spokesman-Review reports (http://bit.ly/XkEaq6) West had been held in the mental health unit of the maximum security Washington State Penitentiary but was transferred to the medium security Airway Heights.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com

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