Inmate enters insanity plea for prison guard's death

MILLER COUNTY - The suspect accused of killing a guard pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

Tramell Hunter is charged with capital murder in the death of Lisa Mauldin last December inside the Miller County jail. Hunter is also charged with attacking another guard.

During a court hearing Tuesday morning, the judge ordered Hunter to undergo a mental evaluation before he appears in court again.

Hunter was serving a 15-year sentence for aggravated robbery and two counts of felony domestic battery at the time of the attacks. He was sentenced in Pulaski County in 2011.

Hunter is now being held at the Varner Supermax Unit of the Arkansas Department of Correction. 

If found guilty of capital murder, Hunter faces death or life without parole. 


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