Inmate accused of killing correctional officer makes initial court appearance

Hunter Trammell appears in court flanked by Arkansas State Police. December, 2016 (photo by Field Walsh | TXK TODAY)

Trammell McKenzie Hunter, the inmate accused of killing one correctional officer and seriously injuring another, made his initial court appearance in a Miller County courtroom Monday morning.

According to Miller County Sheriff’s Office, on Sunday, December 18, 2016, at approximately 01:00 p.m. two female correction officers were attacked by Hunter within the Miller County Detention Center. Officer Lisa Mauldin succumbed to her injuries and Officer Demaris Allen was transported to a Little Rock, Arkansas hospital in serious condition.

Hunter appeared in front of Miller County Judge Wren Autrey flanked by Arkansas State Police officers.

Hunter is what is known as a 309 inmate, which contracts throughout the state of Arkansas for housing and supervision of ADC inmates in county and city jails.

Hunter was sentenced in Pulaski County to 180 months in 2011 for aggravated robbery and 1st degree domestic battery.

When asked if he had a statement Hunter told the courtroom that he was sorry, but that she (the correctional officer) was messing with his life.

According to ADC records Hunter would have been eligible for release in September of 2020.

Hunter is now facing life without parole or death for a capital murder charge and 10-40 years for first degree battery of a peace officer.

Bail was set at $1 million.

Hunter will make his next appearance in a Miller County courtroom on January 10, 2017. He is being transferred to the high-security Varner Unit.

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