LITTLE ROCK — Funeral services are scheduled Saturday for a state prison guard stabbed to death reportedly by an inmate last week, a prison spokeswoman said Monday.

LITTLE ROCK — Funeral services are scheduled Saturday for a state prison guard stabbed to death reportedly by an inmate last week, a prison spokeswoman said Monday.

Services for Cpl. Barbara Ester will be held at noon Saturday at Lee High School in Marianna, spokeswoman Shea Wilson said.

Ester, 47, was stabbed to death Friday at the East Arkansas Unit near Brickeys in Lee County. The inmate accused in her death, 30-year-old Latavious Johnson, has been moved to the Varner SuperMax, a maximum security prison in Lincoln County, Wilson said.

Johnson, a convicted murderer, was already serving a sentence of life without parole. State police are investigating Ester’s death and any charges will be filed in Lee County, Wilson said.

Lee County Deputy Prosecutor Blake Spears said he will decide on charges once the investigation is complete and he reviews the file.

Wilson said Ester, a 12-year veteran of the prison system, was in a prison barracks checking on Johnson, who was apparently wearing an unauthorized pair of tennis shoes, when the attack occurred.

Ester was stabbed multiple times with a a six-inch piece of metal, which apparently came from an air conditioning vent, Wilson said. Ester managed to make it to the facility’s infirmary where she collapsed, bleeding. She was transported to the Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center in Memphis, where she died.

The Arkansas Association of Correctional Employees Trust will cover Ester’s funeral expenses and has provided $3,000 to the family for miscellaneous expenses, Wilson said.

“The Arkansas Department of Correction is grateful for the outpouring of sympathy from people across the state,” Wilson said, urging people to continue to pray for Ester’s family.