A 35-year-old Maine State Prison inmate indicted for murder and attempted murder for the stabbing death of a fellow inmate and conspiring to kill a corrections officer, wants to represent himself in court proceedings.

Richard Stahursky, also known as Richard Clements, wrote in a letter to the court he did not want court-appointed attorney Christopher MacClean of Camden representing him because, he claimed, MacClean violated an agreement they had when he did not allow Stahursky to represent himself. Stahursky requested another attorney be assigned to him, but only for assistance in understanding court rules, said the letter.

Attorney Philip Cohen of Waldoboro was assigned Aug. 13 to represent Stahursky. MacClean and Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea did not object to the reappointment.

The defendant was indicted April 9 by a Knox County Grand Jury for intentional or knowing or depraved indifference murder, aggravated attempted murder, and trafficking in prison contraband.

In February, Stahursky was accused of killing Micah Boland, 37, with two shanks, stabbing him 87 times, according to an affidavit filed in Knox County Superior Court.

Boland was a convicted sex offender serving 22 years for gross sexual assault against a 4-year-old victim. He had served six years of the sentence at the time of his death.

According to the indictment, Stahursky also intended to kill a corrections officer on the same date he murdered Boland. He left his cell and walked into the day room of the prison, holding a homemade knife, labeled with the officer's name.

Stahursky was interviewed by authorities that night and said he attacked Boland because he thought Boland had fabricated accusations that got him fired from his job as a hallway worker. He was accused of passing items from pod to pod, he told Maine State Police Detective Jason Andrews.

"I am guilty of this, yeah, absolutely," Stahursky told police in an interview. He said he did not intend to kill Boland, but said "I get stupid sometimes when I have a knife in my hand."

Stahursky said he is prescribed a mood stabilizer, but he was not taking it.

MacClean filed a motion to suppress statements Stahursky made about the murder, arguing Stahursky had asked several times for food and his medication, but was told by corrections officers he could eat after he spoke with Maine State Police. The motion states Stahursky told police at one point he did not want to talk to police. Although Stahursky was read his Miranda Rights, the circumstances suggest he did not knowingly and freely waive his rights, said the motion.

During a search of Stahursky's room, investigators found a list with five names on it, including Boland's. The victim's name had been scratched out.

Stahursky is serving multiple sentences for convictions including elevated aggravated assault and aggravated assault for attacking other inmates with makeshift knives. He was also convicted of arson and assaulting an officer. His earliest possible release date was November 2032, according to the Department of Corrections website.

Courier Publications' reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@villagesoup.com.