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Attorney: Man accused of stabbing inmate with pencil was defending himself
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Osmond Paul Douglas

A Hall County man is accused of stabbing another man in the eye with a pencil at the Hall County Jail, an act his attorney claimed was in self-defense.

Osmond Paul Douglas, 40, was indicted on charges of aggravated battery and aggravated assault Nov. 26. He was accused of stabbing a man in the left eye Oct. 14 at the jail.

Douglas and the other inmate were in custody on unrelated charges, according to Hall County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Scott Ware.

“Osmond was believed to have had a plastic pencil in his hand while striking the victim in his face,” Ware said.

Douglas was convicted in Oct. 9 on charges of robbery by force and battery, according to Hall County’s online database.

“The victim was treated by medical staff at the Jail for a laceration over his eye which was glued for closure,” Ware said in a news release.

Defense attorney Brett Willis said in a statement his client “was attacked by an aggressive inmate and defended himself appropriately.”