NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) - A correctional officer from Odom Prison in Jackson, N.C. stabbed a co-worker three times following a parking lot dispute Tuesday morning, according to deputies.
According to Lynette Clements with the Northampton County Sheriff's Office, 47-year-old Ronald Maurice Vaughn and 44-year-old James Bell had a "few words" in the parking lot of Odom Prison after getting off work at approximately 6 a.m.
Vaughn told Bell to meet him at a store down the road to continue the argument.
Clements said the argument escalated at the store's parking lot, where Bell got out of his car and approached Vaughn with a knife.
Vaughn was stabbed three times; he was cut from one end of his arm to the other, from the left side of his chest around to his back, and stabbed once in the neck.
Bell claimed self-defense and admitted to stabbing Vaughn, according to Clements. The two were alone in the parking lot during the incident.
Vaughn was transported to Halifax Regional Medical Center for emergency surgery. His condition in unknown.
Bell has been charged with attempted first degree murder, and received a $250,000 bond. He was also charged with deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury, and received a $25,000 bond for that charge.
He is currently behind bars at the Northampton County Detention Center.
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