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Georgia correctional officer allegedly killed at state prison by convicted murderer with ‘homemade weapon’

A convicted murderer at a Georgia state prison allegedly killed a correctional officer and assaulted another inmate at the facility on Sunday.

Officer Robert Clark, 42, was escorting two inmates from the dining hall at Smith State Prison when one of them, identified as Layton Lester, assaulted him from behind with a “homemade weapon,” the Georgia Department of Corrections said in a news release.

The other inmate, Marko Willingham, attempted to intervene to help Clark, but Lester assaulted him as well, according to the agency.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp expressed his condolences to Clark’s family and the GDC after the officer was pronounced dead.

“Today we join the public safety community in mourning the loss of Corrections Officer Robert Clark,” Kemp wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter. “Please join us in praying for his family, loved ones, and the Georgia Department of Corrections at this time.”

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