Attorneys for a soldier accused of kidnapping, raping and killing a Wilmington woman are asking a judge to transfer him from the maximum-security prison in Smyrna to a prison in Wilmington, where they say he will receive better mental health treatment and will be more accessible.
The judge previously ordered that 26-year-old Dwight Smith be transferred to the medium-security Wilmington prison, but Department of Correction officials objected, prompting a hearing Friday.
DOC officials say Smith has a history of aggression and would present a safety and security risk at Howard Young prison.
But attorneys for Smith say his current solitary confinement is taking a toll on him both mentally and physically.
The judged ordered DOC officials to provide more information about Smith's medications and said he would rule later.