Jailhouse beating trial begins next week
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.
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