Jailhouse beating trial begins next week

Jack LattaStaff Writer

October 9, 2012

PRESTONSBURG — Jury selection concluded Monday in Floyd County Circuit Court for the trial of five former prisoners accused of beating a fellow inmate in 2008 while lodged together in the Floyd County Detention Center.

The trial will be delayed until next week, due to the Jenny Wiley Festival-shortened work week and a required furlough day at the Floyd County Courthouse.

According to court officials, opening statements will begin Tuesday.

On Aug. 10, 2008, Terry Fisher, then a prisoner at the Floyd County Detention Center, was reportedly found near death in his cell, after allegedly being assaulted by other inmates.

Ivan Gunnels Jr., 31, of Eastern; Christopher N. Newsome, 38, of Harold; Kevin Woods, 26, of Allen; Matthew Ritchie, 28, of Garrett; and Stephen Jervis, 50, of Prestonsburg, are each charged with one count of complicity to first-degree assault in the beating of Terry Fisher.

One defendant originally named in the charges, Michael Rowland, died before he could be brought to trial.