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Report: Slain Monroe Corrections Officer Fought Back Against Attacker

KIROTV.COM - A search warrant released Tuesday revealed that the officer killed at the Monroe Correctional Complex on Saturday apparently bit and scratched her attacker, KIRO 7 news partner The Daily Herald in Everett reported.

Officer Jayme Biendl's body was found inside the chapel at the complex Saturday night; a cord was found wrapped around her neck. Inmate Byron Scherf, a convicted rapist serving a life sentence at the complex, was found nearby shortly before Biendl's body was discovered and later told officers, "I just wanted to say I'm sorry for what happened," the Herald reported.

The search warrant obtained by the Herald revealed several details surrounding Biendl's killing that were not previously known:

  • Scherf had blood droplets on his clothing, bite marks on the tips of his fingers and apparent scratch marks on one of his buttocks.
  • Scherf had blood on his hands and marks on his palms that were consistent with someone using a ligature to strangle a victim.
  • An officer said there was evidence that Scherf's pants were down at the time of the attack, but officials said there is no obvious evidence that Biendl was sexually assaulted.
  • Scherf asked to be given a tetanus shot after he was found on Saturday because he had been bitten on one of his fingers.
  • A corrections officer told detectives that there was blood on Scherf's jacket and T-shirt when he was found.
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