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Defendant in Child Stabbing Case Charged in Jail Scuffle

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Utah man facing death penalty charges in a knife attack on two children in Mesquite has been charged with trying to shove a guard off a jail balcony.

21-year-old Beau Maestas was charged yesterday (Monday) with felony battery by a prisoner in the Thursday scuffle with two corrections officers at the Clark County jail.

Officers say Maestas struggled with them during contraband investigation -- and tried to shove one guard over a balcony railing.

The guard wasn't hurt, and Maestas was subdued and handcuffed.

Maestas and his 18-year-old sister -- Monique Maestas -- are due for trial late in May on multiple charges in the attack that killed three-year-old Kristyanna Cowan and left her sister, 12-year-old Brittney Bergeron paralyzed.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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