Slain corrections officer may have fought her attacker

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 2, 2011 at 7:51 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 2 at 9:02 PM

MONROE, Wash. -- New details emerged Wednesday in the death investigation of a prison guard in Western Washington.

Authorities said prisoner Byron Scherf strangled guard Jayme Biendl to death.  Court documents reveal Scherf had bite marks on his fingers and scratch marks on his buttocks Saturday when guards seached him.  Investigators said it is unlikely the scratches could have happened through Scherf’s heavy prison issued pants.  That led investigators to believe his pants were down during the attack.  Monroe Police said there is no evidence Biendl was raped and when crews found her, she was fully clothed.

Scherf is a three-strikes inmate.  He was convicted for kidnappng and raping a woman in 1995 near Spokane.  Prior to that, he was convicted of kidnapping and raping a Western Washington woman, tying her up, and lighting her on fire.  He was also convicted of assaulting a woman in 1978.

Everett police say a public memorial service is planned on Tuesday at Comcast Arena in Everett.

Officials also said two other women who work at the Monroe Correctional Complex were attacked in the past six months.  Superintendent Scott Frakes said that an officer choked a counselor on September 24 and a custodial employee was assaulted on August 24.  The two inmates accused in the attacks were segregated from the prison population.


 

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