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Perry March Claims He Was Attacked In Prison

Perry March Perry March
Dorinda Carter Dorinda Carter
Janet March Janet March

RIPLEY, Tenn. - Convicted killer and former Nashville attorney Perry March claims another inmate attacked him in a West Tennessee prison.

One of March's attorneys John Herbison spoke Friday with Perry's wife who lives in Mexico.

Carmen March said another inmate got mad with her husband and punched him in the face.

The incident happened at the West Tennessee Correctional Facility in Lauderdale County near the Mississippi River.

Carmen says another inmate got mad at him and punched him in the face.

"We did an investigation," said Dorinda Carter, TDOC spokeswoman. "The results were inconclusive as to exactly what happened or who may have attacked who, but as a precaution we moved inmate March and the other inmate to separate ends of the compound."

March and the other inmate were in the prison's law library when the incident happened.

The other inmate apparently asked March for legal advice and he refused.

The law library is commonly used by inmates working on appeals.

"As long as they don't have disciplinary problems they're allowed to move into confined areas within the institution," Carter said.

March's medium security classification gives him access to the library, which is in the state's largest high-security prison.

March is serving a 56-year sentence for murdering his wife, Janet March. Her body has never been found.

March is also serving time for conspiring to kill her parents Lawrence and Caroline Levine and stealing from Lawrence Levine.

"It's prison and you'll hear that sort of thing, and so the inmates either have to learn to get along or they're moved or we try to teach them if they're going to be there a while, you'll have to control your anger," Carter said.

Inmates cannot use the law library if they've had disciplinary issues.

Prison officials said March was not hurt in the incident.

March told his attorneys he was worried about being Jewish and serving time in prison.

Prison officials said the incident in the library didn't have anything to do with religion.

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