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NEW DETAILS: Inmate Accused of Correction Officer Death Arrested in Spokane in 1995

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KHQ.COM - The man accused of killing corrections officer Jayme Biendl has a long history of crimes. Byron Scherf's criminal history started when he was 19-years-old. He was convicted of assaulting a woman and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Scherf served 2 years and then was paroled. From there his crimes became more gruesome. He abducted and raped another woman, then set her on fire. She miraculously lived. He served 12 years at The Airway Heights Corrections Facility before being released to Spokane.

Byron Scherf was on parole when he struck again in 1995. The then 36-year-old married man, made arrangements to meet real estate agent Barbara Bell at a home in the Cheney/Spangle area of Spokane County. When the real estate agent arrived Scherf took her into the master bedroom where there was a gun and he attacked her. He then drug her down the stairs and pulled a knife from the butcher block, before stuffing her in the trunk of his car. Scherf told Bell he had killed many women in the past and would kill her. The car stopped in the woods and that is where the woman was raped, then he dropped her back off at the home. She went to police and two days later Post Falls officers arrested Scherf on an unrelated drug charge.

That's when a key piece of evidence was found. A note written in Scherf's address book reading "Barbara Bell of Tomlinson Black Realty South, is the woman I assaulted. She looked like a playboy girl." Scherf went to prison for life... before being accused of the latest death of corrections officer Jayme Biendl.

Bell filed a lawsuit in Spokane County. she alleged that the state was negligent in their supervision of Scherf and that was why he was able to rape and assault her. The state said all along that there was nothing they could have done to prevent the attack. Scherf had complied with all of his parole conditions. A jury found the state could have done a better job to watch Scherf, but didn't cause his actions. She appealed all the way up to the state supreme court which upheld the original decision.

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