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Inmate charged with attempted homicide

| Sunday, May 6, 2012, 2:06 p.m.

An inmate at the state prison in Hempfield Township has been charged with attempted homicide after using a makeshift knife to slash the neck of another prisoner, creating a wound that required nearly four dozen stitches to close.

In addition to attempted homicide, Clenzie Grier, 21, an inmate at the State Correctional Institution at Greensburg, was arraigned Wednesday on two counts each of aggravated assault and simple assault and one count each of reckless endangerment of another person and possession of weapons or implements of escape.

According to a criminal complaint filed by state police at Greensburg, Grier fashioned a knife from a razor and a plastic pen, then concealed it in the crotch seam of his shorts. At 2 p.m. July 25, as he and 250 other inmates were being brought inside from a recreation yard, Grier allegedly pulled out the weapon, approached inmate Leonard S. Frazier from behind, and slashed Frazier's neck.

Police said Grier fled to his cell and flushed the weapon down a toilet. Frazier sustained a 6-centimeter long, 1.75-inch wide wound near his main neck artery that required 47 stitches to close.

The affidavit did not disclose 's Frazier's condition, but he currently is incarcerated at Pine Grove, a state prison in Indiana County, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

Grier was arraigned before Hempfield Township Magisterial District Judge Mark Mansour and remanded to the State Correctional Institution at Greensburg in lieu of $150,000 bond. A preliminary hearing has been tentatively slated for 9 a.m. Dec. 23.

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