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Farron Barksdale still in hospital, on life support

MONTGOMERY — Farron Barksdale remained on life support and fighting an infection at a Montgomery hospital late Wednesday, his condition unchanged.

Kilby Correctional Facility employees took the 32-year-old state prison inmate to Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery on Saturday.

Since then, Barksdale has remained unresponsive and unable to speak and has been battling a high fever and an infection.

When admitted, Barksdale also had bruises and welts that Department of Corrections spokesman Brian Corbett said could be self-inflicted or accidental.

While at Kilby, Barksdale spent his time in a single cell away from the general prison population, prompting questions about how he got the bruises and welts.

One week ago, Barksdale, 32, began serving a sentence of life without possibility of parole for killing two Athens police officers.

Barksdale, who has paranoid schizophrenia, admitted shooting officers who responded to his 911 calls for help at his motherís home in Athens on Jan. 2, 2004.

M. J. Ellington

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