Zamora on suicide watch after slashing arm
February 18, 1998
Web posted at: 7:47 p.m. EST (0047 GMT)
FORT WORTH, Texas (CNN) -- Diane Zamora, the former Naval Academy midshipman convicted of capital murder in the killing of a teen-age romantic rival, was placed under suicide watch Wednesday after she slashed her arm with a razor.
Zamora suffered only superficial wounds when she cut her arm with a razor blade late Tuesday, hours after she was convicted and sentenced to life in prison, said Cmdr. James Skidmore, who is head of the Tarrant County Jail in Fort Worth.
The wound was discovered Wednesday afternoon by a psychologist during a counseling session.
Zamora apologized and explained she had not tried to kill herself, but she was placed on a round-the-clock suicide watch in a unit where she will be under constant supervision and will have no access to razor blades or other harmful objects, Skidmore said.
"It was a superficial wound and non-life threatening. She stopped the bleeding herself and concealed the injury for several hours," he said.
Zamora, 20, was convicted of capital murder for her role in the murder of 16-year-old Adrianne Jones on December 4, 1995. She will not be eligible for parole until she is almost 60-years-old.
Prosecutors now turn to seek a similar fate for her ex-fiancè, David Graham, who they say was ordered by Zamora to kill Jones after she learned that they had a one-time sexual fling on the way home from a high school athletics meeting.
"We're only half done," lead prosecutor Mike Parrish said
Tuesday, after Zamora was convicted. "The man who pulled the trigger still needs to be brought to justice."
Graham rejected a plea bargain that would have put him in prison for 30 years, Parrish said. If his trial proceeds this summer, Graham will face much of the same evidence as Zamora did.
Reuters contributed to this report.