A search warrant issued in connection with the death of a Monroe correctional officer says the suspect had asked people to pray for him because he was struggling with temptation.
The Daily Herald reports inmate Byron Scherf submitted a prayer request Jan. 27, asking others who attended the chapel at the Washington State Reformatory to "pray for me for very pressing temptations I have been dealing with."
The chapel's lone officer, Jayme Biendl, was strangled Jan. 29.
Scherf is a three-strikes offender serving a life sentence for rape convictions. He volunteered at the chapel where he worked as a janitor and clerk.
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He's jailed in Everett for the homicide investigation.