LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas prison inmate died early Wednesday, two days after he was stabbed multiple times in an altercation with another inmate, the state Department of Correction said.

LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas prison inmate died early Wednesday, two days after he was stabbed multiple times in an altercation with another inmate, the state Department of Correction said.


Joe K. Harter, 32, died at White River Medical Center in Searcy, where he was being treated for injuries he received at the DOC’s Grimes Unit in Jackson County.


Correctional officers at the Grimes Unit responded to an altercation in the housing barracks at 7:30 p.m. Monday, according to a DOC news release. The officers found Harter with puncture wounds to his chest and confiscated a homemade weapon.


Initially, Harter was transported to Harris Hospital in Newport for treatment and then returned to prison. On Tuesday, the prison’s medical staff became concerned about Harter’s condition, so Harter was transported back to Harris Hospital at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.


The Newport hospital determined that Harter needed to be transported to the Searcy hospital. Harter died at the latter hospital at 3:32 a.m. Wednesday, the DOC said.


The Arkansas State Police is investigating the altercation and Harter’s death. Harter’s body will be sent to the state Crime Lab for an autopsy, according to the DOC.


Harter was serving a 15-year sentence on a conviction in Grant County Circuit Court of manufacturing, delivery or possession of a controlled substance.