Suspect arrested for homicide at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center

1280 Cameron

SMYRNA, Del. – Delaware State Police have arrested 55-year-old John Cameron for murder following a homicide at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center earlier this week.

The incident happened Monday morning. It was determined that Cameron attacked a 69-year-old inmate, later identified as Phillip Langell, with whom he shares a cell.

Langell sustained injuries to his head, face, and neck area consistent with multiple hits from a closed fist. Langell also sustained an apparent stab wound from a distinctive edged instrument. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

We’re told the autopsy has revealed that Langell’s death was attributed to the injures sustained to his head and neck from the attack, as well as asphyxiation. The stab wound was not a contributing factor.

Wednesday morning, the DSP Homicide Unit responded to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center and executed an arrest warrant on Cameron for the murder of Langell. Included was a single count of first degree murder.

Cameron was arranged and remained in custody of the Department of Correction on a $1 million cash bond. Cameron is reportedly serving a life sentence for first degree murder, and Langell was serving a 20 year sentence for first degree rape of a minor.

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