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Mugshot of Scott Alexander Greenberg. (credit: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office)

Mugshot of Scott Alexander Greenberg. (credit: Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office)

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PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) — An inmate at the Pinellas County Jail is accused of killing his cell mate with toilet paper.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says 28-year-old Scott Alexander Greenberg stuffed wet toilet paper down the throat of 48-year-old Kelly Harding and strangled him in the cell.

According to a police report, Pinellas County Detention deputies responded to a call of a “man down” early Sunday morning, finding Harding unconscious in his cell. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

During an examination of Harding’s body, an emergency room physician found wet toilet paper lodged inside the victim’s throat.

“They removed what now constitutes two 3-ounce containers of toilet paper that had been jammed down Harding’s throat,” Gualtieri told WFTS-TV.

This is not the first time Greenberg has been accused of using toilet paper in the death of a victim. According to WFTS, Greenberg was facing second-degree murder charges in the 2012 death of his girlfriend, Jennifer Zale. Authorities say Greenberg strangled Zale and stuffed toilet paper down her throat.

“(Greenberg) yelled to another inmate in the pod, ‘I did it. It is done,’” Gualtieri told WFTS. “And when the other inmate asked him what he had done, he replied, ‘What I am in here for.’”

Greenberg has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Harding.

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