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Published October 21, 2013, 03:45 PM

North Dakota inmate accused of attack makes 1st appearance

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota inmate accused of attacking a correctional officer made his first court appearance while strapped into a restraining device at the Bismarck prison.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota inmate accused of attacking a correctional officer made his first court appearance while strapped into a restraining device at the Bismarck prison.

John Bridges is charged with attempted murder and possession of contraband by an inmate.

Authorities say the 43-year-old stabbed officer Daryl Lawson with a homemade knife on Aug. 25 at the North Dakota State Penitentiary.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that for safety reasons, Bridges made his first appearance Monday while at the penitentiary rather than at the Burleigh County Courthouse.

The judge and others went to the prison while the general public could watch over an interactive video network at the Burleigh County Courthouse.

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