Inmate Charged with Triple Slaying Faces New Charge

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Posted at 2:35 PM, Jan 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-14 14:35:00-05

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man charged with killing his wife and two others in December 2014 faces a new charge of trying to kill another inmate at the Manatee County jail.

Manatee County Sheriff's deputies tell The Bradenton Herald reports ( that Andres "Andy" Avalos Jr. tried to kill another inmate by stabbing him in the head, face and neck with a sharpened toothbrush on Dec. 7.

The charge was not filed until Tuesday night. A sheriff's office spokesman said it took about a month to file the charges because the sheriff wanted to thoroughly investigate the incident and Avalos was remaining in jail regardless.

Avalos is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the Dec. 4, 2014, slayings of his wife, neighbor and a local pastor.