The man accused of killing a Mobile police officer last year is facing new charges after allegedly stabbing another inmate with a “shank” while behind bars awaiting trial.
Marco Perez, 20, was arrested Jan. 20, 2019 — the same day he allegedly shot and killed MPD Officer Sean Tuder outside of a West Mobile apartment complex. Perez is currently awaiting trial for capital murder and handful of other criminal charges that stemmed from actions before his arrest last year.
Court records filed last week now indicate Perez is facing additional charges of second-degree assault and promoting prison contraband for allegedly attacking another inmate in Mobile County Metro Jail Feb. 13.
According to the document, Perez caused physical injury to inmate Edward Hubbard using a deadly weapon identified as “a shank.” Hubbard, a 40-year-old from Houston, had been in jail since Jan. 22 on charges of being a fugitive from justice and illegal possession of prescription drugs at the time.
Jail officials were not immediately available to comment, so the extent of Hubbard’s injuries aren’t exactly clear. However, intake records indicate he was transferred to another agency Feb. 20, which coupled with Perez’s charge being second degree suggest Hubbard’s injuries weren’t life threatening.
It’s also unclear where the incident happened within jail or why an inmate awaiting trial for capital murder would have been in the same area as Hubbard given the nature of his pending charges. Metro officials changed the system used to classify how inmates are housed together last year as part of an ongoing effort to address concerns raised in a Department of Justice inquiry.
Violence among Metro inmates is not a new issue, either.
The county, the jail and Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran are currently being sued by a former inmate who was stabbed after another inmate, Joshua Sherman Brown, managed to sneak a knife past security in 2018 by hiding it “inside of his body.”
Lagniappe will update this story if more information becomes available. As for Perez’s capital murder trial, it is still on schedule to take place this summer, though there are still some pretrial issues to sort out.
A hearing next week will determine whether or not his lesser pending charges will be tried separately from his capital murder case. His defense attorneys have also asked for an immunity hearing to determine whether he should stand trial at all based on their contention that he fatally shot Tuder in self defense.
At this time, Circuit Judge Ben Brooks has yet to set a date for any immunity hearing in the case.
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