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Posted at 05:58 PM ET, 10/31/2011

Md. man held for court in death of fellow psychiatric patient

A Baltimore man charged with murdering a fellow patient Thursday while both were housed in Maryland’s Clifton T. Perkins psychiatric hospital waived his bail review hearing Monday and remained held in the Howard County Detention Center.

The killing — allegedly committed by Andre Mayo, 46 — was the second fatal attack in a week inside the state-run facility in Jessup and the third in the past 13 months. The clutch of killings has prompted a widespread safety review, state officials have said.

The 248-bed hospital treats those accused of felonies who are deemed not competent to stand trial or not criminally responsible for their actions.

Mayo was on the same all-male maximum security wing as Rogelio Mondragon, 40, who was found dead lying on his back on the floor of his room at about 6:40 p.m. by a staff member, charging documents in the case state. Mondragon had injuries to his knuckles, hands and neck, court files show, and an autopsy determined he died of blunt force trauma that was ruled a homicide.

Surveillance video showed Mayo entering Mondragon’s room twice before the discovery of the body, once at about 6 p.m. for 15 minutes and again for six minutes moments later, according to court filings.

Mayo had been in Perkins since late 2008 and has a lengthy arrest record, court records show. The incident that prompted his commitment to Perkins came after he was accused of punching a stranger in the eye at a bus stop when the victim declined to give Mayo $1 when Mayo panhandled, according to the State’s Attorney’s office for the City of Baltimore.

Rogelio, whose last home address in court records was in the Langley Park area, had been accused in a 2010 rape of an 11-year-old Silver Spring girl.

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