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Published: Sunday, April 22, 2012, 1:41 p.m.

State mental patient accused of killing another

LAKEWOOD -- A 40-year-old mental patient at Western State Hospital is accused of killing another patient by stabbing a pen or pencil into his ear.
Lakewood police said responders from West Pierce Fire & Rescue found a 28-year-old man dead in another patient's room Friday afternoon.
The News Tribune reported Sunday that the 40-year-old patient who lived in the room was found hiding in a nearby room. Police said the man told detectives in interviews that he killed his fellow patient over a dispute about his behavior.
Neither the suspect nor the victim has been identified.
Story tags » HomicideLakewood, Pierce County

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