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LIMA, Ohio (AP) — A jailed murder suspect and another inmate who was about to testify against him got into a fight in a holding cell after a guard mistakenly put the two together, officials said. The men weren’t handcuffed when the guard put them in a cell during a break in the trial this week, Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish told The Lima News. He said authorities broke up the altercation within two minutes, and the men suffered only minor injuries. The holding cell was out of public view, but the fight was recorded on video that the judge allowed the jury in the suspect’s trial to see Thursday after denying a defense request for a mistrial. WLIO-TV says the video shows defendant Markelus Carter punch the other inmate, who is then seen putting Carter in a headlock and throwing some punches before Carter bites him on the arm and guards break up the fight.


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