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Prison inmate kills correction officer while being taken to his cell

By Mason White 5:43 PM July 16, 2015
Billy Joel Tracy 

By: Feng Qian
A prison inmate killed a corrections officer while being escorted to his jail cell.

The corrections officer of Texas, was escorting a prisoner to his cell when he was beaten to death on Wednesday, officials of the Department of Criminal Justice said.

The officer was escorting 37-year-old Billy Joel Tracy, to his cell when he was attacked with an object, prison agency spokesperson Jason Clark said.

Officials did not immediately identify the weapon. “It is still under investigation,” Clark said.

The officer, who was identified as 47-year-old Timothy Davison, was taken to a hospital in Texarkana, about 20 miles from the prison, where he died.

“Our hearts are deeply saddened by this tragic loss of life,” Brad Livingston, executive director of the prison system, said. “This dedicated correctional officer came to work each day determined to make Texas a safe place to live in.”

Prison records show that Tracy has at least 7 convictions dating back to 1995 and is serving a life sentence for robbery and aggravated assault.