Pinellas County, Florida -- A man incarcerated at the Pinellas County Jail has been charged with murdering his cellmate early Sunday morning.
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said there's never been a murder at the jail before until 28-year-old Scott Greenberg violently attacked and killed 49-year-old Kelly Harding.
Gualtieri said deputies found Harding on the ground in cardiac arrest just before 1:00 a.m. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead at 2:35 a.m.
The sheriff said in a press conference Sunday afternoon Greenberg spoke with an inmate before he shouted "man down", referring to Harding.
"Before he starts yelling man down, he tells the other inmate in there that this is what he had done. And when he asked why, he says, 'The same thing I am in here for,'" Sheriff Gualtieri explained.
Greenberg has been at the Pinellas County Jail on second degree murder charges for the death of his girlfriend, Jennifer Lee Zale, in August 2012. Investigators say Greenberg allegedly killed Zale by stuffing toilet paper down her throat and strangling her.
After Harding was rushed to a local hospital, the emergency room physician found two three ounces worth of toilet paper stuffed down Harding's throat. Gualtieri said Harding had almost the same, if not identical, bones broken in his neck as Zale.
Both Harding and Greenberg had a history of aggressive behavior at the jail. That's why both were in protective custody.
"I do not have any knowledge that the two knew each other before they went into the same cell," said Gualtieri. "Deputies followed all procedural checks every 30 minutes before the attack happened and their checks are staggered."
Greenberg is under protective custody alone and he will face first degree murder charges.
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