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Patient charged in hospital slaying will remain in custody

January 8, 2020 GMT

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital patient accused of fatally stabbing a fellow patient there on New Years Eve agreed Wednesday to remain in custody until his murder trial.

Rashid Davis, 28, waived his right to a detention hearing during a brief court session. Authorities have not said where he is being held, though he is not in the Morris County jail.

The fatal stabbing was discovered when hospital staffers encountered Davis in a hallway and saw blood on his hand, county prosecutors have said. He then told the staffers he “did something bad” and threw something in the trash.

The victim’s body was then found in Davis’ room, lying on the floor in a pool of blood. That person’s name and further details about them have not been released.

Davis was not injured in the incident. Besides the murder charge, he also faces two weapons counts, and it’s not clear if he’s retained an attorney.

Greystone Park, a 510-bed hospital which straddles Morris Plains and Parsippany, is one of five psychiatric facilities overseen by the state’s Department of Human Services.