Man Imprisoned in Fatal Stabbing Accused of Killing Cellmate at Jessup Correctional Institution

A Maryland man already serving a sentence for killing a woman in 2014 has been indicted in his cellmate's death.

Joseph Patrick Soule, 29, has been indicted on first-degree murder and weapons charges in the more recent killing, the Capital reported. Investigators at the Jessup Correctional Institution said they found 45-year-old David Issac Stephenson dead inside a cell Nov. 2.

Soule told investigators the two men had gotten into a fight and he had to defend himself.

According to police, Stephenson was stabbed in the neck and had significant blunt force trauma to his head. They say Stephenson's hands had been bound behind his back with electrical cord. Soule had scratches, police wrote.

Soule was already serving a 30-year sentence in the death of Christie Lynn Pelland, a 43-year-old woman who had worked as a cleaner and whom prosecutors said also was Soule's heroin dealer. Pelland was found dead dead inside a gynecologist's office in Glen Burnie. Prosecutors said she had been stabbed 66 times.

No attorney is listed as representing Soule in court records.

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