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Originally published Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:59 AM

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Murder trial starts in Monroe prison guard slaying

The aggravated murder trial began Wednesday in Everett for a prison inmate accused of killing a corrections officer at the Washington state Reformatory.

The Associated Press

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EVERETT, Wash. —

The aggravated murder trial began Wednesday in Everett for a prison inmate accused of killing a corrections officer at the Washington state Reformatory.

If convicted, Byron Scherf could face the death penalty.

Snohomish County prosecutors say the convicted rapist was already serving a three-strikes life sentence when he strangled Jayme Biendl with an amplifier cord in January 2011 in the prison chapel.

The Daily Herald reports ( http://bit.ly/15ZQyBs) a prison investigation led to the firing of three corrections officers. Others were demoted and disciplined.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com

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