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October 17, 1975 - Image 10

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Friday, October 17, 1975
Man slain
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TRENTON, N.J. (P) - A pow-
er struggle between inmates be-
longing to different Black Mus-
lim factions resulted in the stab-
bing death of one man and in-
juries to six others at Trenton
State Prison yesterday, authori-
ties said.
Corrections Capt. Glenn Sim-
mons said it appeared to be a
planned attack by members of
the Nation of Islam against a
splinter group, New World of
Islam. Homemade knives were
used in the attack.
PRISON officials said three of
the men injured had been con-
victed of the 1973 killing of
James Shabazz, spiritual leader
of the Black Muslims in New-
ark and a member of the Na-
tion of Islam.
The violence came one day
before heavyweight b o x i n g
champ Muhammad Ali, a Mus-
lim, was to lead a march to the
prison to demand the release of
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the
former middleweight boxing
contender serving a triple life
sentence there for three 1966
murders in Paterson, N.J.
Carter's conviction has come
under question, after two key
eyewitnesses for the prosecution
admitted they lied in testimony
placing the former boxer at the
scene of the crime.
Officials and march organiz-
ers said there were no plans to
cancol the march as a result of
the fight.
DEPUTY Commissioner of In-
stitutions and Agencies Robert
M'ilcahv attributed the violence
to "an internal power struggle,"
amone black inmates. Mulcahy
said all victims and assailants
idenitified thus far were black.
The dead man was identified
by Mulcahy as Cleotheoues
Mayres, 33, of Hillside, who en-
tered the prison in June, 1973,
on' a life sentence for murder.
Milcahv said the attack oc-
curred at 9:35 a.m. in the school
b4,ildine. He said at the time
there were about 100 inmates
and 30 teachers and social work-
ers' in the building.
A WOMAN outside the prison
said the violence broke out as
she was talking on the phone to
a man she identified as Mayres'
She said, ""On the telephone,
it sounded like hell, like chaos."
She said she heard the man
she was talking to say, "You
killed my brother." She said the
man told ler, "They stabbed
my brother in the chest."
SHE SAID the man told her
that men he knew to be Mus-
lims had suddenly begun to at-
tack the others with homemade
knives. She said he told her the
whole incident was over within
five minutes.
Mulcahy said no prison work-
ers were injured. He said the
state began an investigation im-
The three serving life for the
Shabazz killing were Ben Wal-
ton, 22; Albert Chavies, 25, and
Lamont Calloway, 22, all of East
Orange. They entered prison in
July, 1974.
ALSO injured in the attack
were James Coy, 19, and Ray-
mond Dozier, 26, both convicted
murderers from East Orange,
who were serving life terms,
and AnthonyMatthews, 23, of
Bloomfield, serving 10 years for

An official at St. Francis Med-
ical Center here said Mayres
was dead of multiple stab
wounds when he arrived at the
Shospital. He said Walton was in
y.very criticalcondition withstab
Coy, Matthews and Chavies
were reported in guarded con-
dition at Mercer Hospital. An
official there said they had all
suffered multiple stab wounds
in the chest and abdomen.
Calloway was in fair condition
with deep cuts at Helene Fuld
Hosnital, where Dozier was
treated and released.
The attack took place while a
black studies class was in prog-
ress, lust a few doors away
From the Star of Islam mosque,
the orthodox Muslim organiza-
tion in the prison.
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