Guards charged in inmate’s death


Five former detention center guards have been charged with first degree manslaughter in the death of a Kentucky man jailed for public intoxication.

 On Tuesday a judge ruled bond would remain at $100,000 for suspects Jeremy Mattox, Brad Roberts, Colton Griffith and Zachary Messer. Suspect Alicia Beller’s bond was reduced from $100,000 to $50,000.

 As of Tuesday evening, all of the suspects except Griffith were still in custody.

 All five suspects face first-degree manslaughter charges in the death of Michael Moore, who was found dead at the jail on November 29 of last year.

 According to information from the court’s bond decision, Moore died from blunt force trauma to his side which fractured three ribs and caused internal bleeding, resulting in death. It says the blow allegedly happened in a restroom adjacent to the jail’s booking room where the victim was thrown against a combined toilet and sink.

 Beller was located some distance away at that time in a control room, according to documentation. She testified that she heard a cracking sound, allegedly from Moore’s body when he hit the toilet.

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