CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (KT) – Five deputy jailers from a troubled Kentucky jail were charged with first-degree manslaughter Friday in the November death of an inmate at the facility.
Inmate Michael L. Moore died at the Boyd County Detention Center in late November. The Kentucky State Police were called to the jail on Nov. 29 for an unresponsive inmate.
"Detectives arrived on-scene and it was reported to them that Michael L. Moore, age 40, was found deceased in the facility’s restraint-chair," Senior Trooper David Boarman said in a press release issued Friday evening.
Moore arrived at the jail heavily intoxicated, authorities said, which led to his confinement in a restraint chair. The chair "rendered him mentally and physically helpless," the release said.
"The investigation further revealed that, while incarcerated, five Boyd County Jail deputies intentionally abused Moore, or knowingly permitted his abuse, and that the mistreatment caused Moore’s death," Boarman said.
All five deputies and other staff members at the jail were interviewed and information was secured which led to the case being presented to the Boyd County Grand Jury where the five deputy jailers were indicted. They were identified as Zachary Messer of Ashland, Brad Roberts of Westwood, Colton Griffith of Flatwoods, and Jeremy Mattox of Grayson. A fifth deputy jailer is also charged but that indictment has not been served. State police identified the individual as Alicia Beller of Putnam, W.Va.
KSP asked for helping in locating Beller.
It was not immediately clear Friday night if the men have retained defense attorneys or appeared in court.
The detention center has had a myriad number of problems in the last six months include overdoes by inmates, escapees, a riot inside the jail and three fatalities.
Joe Burchett, who has been the jailer since 2003 but did not run for re-election in November, resigned in December and William Hensley, the jailer elect, was put in charge a few weeks early. He immediately had 60 state inmates transferred out of the facility and instituted a training program for deputy jailers.