Inmate stabbing

Demarcus Lashawn Baker, left, and Joseph Clark Holloway

An inmate at Staton Correctional Facility in Elmore was stabbed to death June 5 and an inmate serving 20 years on a first-degree robbery charge now faces a murder charge, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections.

Joseph Clark Holloway, 52, was found by ADOC officers with multiple stab wounds at approximately 7 a.m. in one of the facility housing areas. Holloway was airlifted to a local hospital and later died from his injuries.

Demarcus Lashawn Baker, 26, was charged with the stabbing, the ADOC said.

Holloway was serving a 40-year sentence on a 1993 first-degree robbery conviction in Chambers County. Baker was serving time for first-degree robbery in Baldwin County.

Staton Correctional Facility went into a temporary lockdown while ADOC agents investigated the circumstances that led to the incident.

Alabama’s prison system is rife with unconstitutional conditions, including rampant violence, according to a U.S. Department of Justice report released earlier this year. The DOJ has threatened to sue the state if it doesn’t adopt solutions.