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Blair County Inmate Facing Additional Charges

Authorities in Blair County say an Altoona murder suspect is facing another batch of charges after another homemade weapon was reportedly found inside his jail cell.

According to the latest affidavit, Hollidaysburg Police were contacted last month by the Deputy Warden of the Blair County Prison after a wire-like weapon was found in the cell of 52-year-old Raymond Oechsle.

Oechsle was initially arrested last April after police say he was found living with the corpse of his neighbor, for three days.

Investigators say Oechsle later admitted to killing his neighbor, Christopher Helsel, following an altercation.

In October, authorities say more charges were filed against Oechsle after he reportedly stabbed two fellow inmates with a makeshift weapon.

Investigators say one of the victims was transported to UPMC Pittsburgh after suffering numerous stab wounds to his eyes and forehead, which caused him to permanently lose vision in his right eye.

During the course of that investigation, authorities say police also discovered various letters, written by Oechsle, which reportedly detailed his “enjoyment” of stabbing others.

Now, investigators say Oechsle is facing misdemeanor charges of procuring a weapon and possession of an instrument of crime.

Officials say the weapon, which is described as being similar to a “garrote wire,” was found in Oechsle’s cell on March 12th.

Police noted that prior to authorities discovering the weapon, Oechsle had reportedly asked prison staff about receiving a cellmate to “keep him company.”

According to online court documents, Oechsle was arraigned on the latest charges Thursday morning and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for the end of the month.

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