Morgan County inmate indicted in stabbing death of fellow inmate

Gregory Smith (source: TDOC)
Edward "Tattoo Eddie" Harris (source: TDOC)
Edward “Tattoo Eddie” Harris (source: TDOC)

WARTBURG (WATE) – An inmate at the Morgan County Correctional Complex has been indicted for first degree murder in the stabbing death of a fellow inmate.

Officials say Gregory Smith, 34, killed his cell mate, Edward Leroy “Tattoo Eddie” Harris, 58, on March 10. Both men were serving life sentences. Harris had originally received the death penalty for the brutal high-profile murders of two Gatlinburg motel employees in 1986, but his sentence was later reduced to life on appeal.

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Smith is serving a life sentence for a 2004 Davidson County conviction of first degree murder.

District Attorney Russell Johnson says prison security cameras captured Smith stabbing Harris multiple times in the lobby unit of their housing area. Harris’ official cause of death was loss of blood.

A Morgan County jury indicted smith on first degree murder. A court date has not yet been set.

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