Inmate stabbed to death in Wilkinson County riotPublished 12:12am Thursday, April 25, 2013
WOODVILLE — The state inmate who died Saturday during a prison brawl at the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility was stabbed one time in the chest, according to preliminary autopsy reports.
Wilkinson County Coroner Travis Sharp said Wednesday that the autopsy report showed inmate Demond Flowers, 21, died from a single stab wound to his heart.
“I don’t know what (they stabbed him with),” Sharp said. “Apparently, they didn’t get it or didn’t find it.”
Tara Booth, a spokesperson for the Mississippi Department of Corrections, said Monday that the state agency was working “in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies” to complete an investigation into the death of a state inmate at the private prison owned and managed by Corrections Corporation of America.
The incident occurred shortly after 10 a.m. Saturday, when multiple fights broke out between inmates at multiple housing units across the 1,000-bed facility.
When the fighting was quelled, Flowers was dead inside the facility. Flowers was serving an 18-year sentence for car burglary, strong-arm robbery and robbery. Mississippi Department of Corrections records indicate Flowers was convicted in Hinds County.
In addition to Flowers, nine other inmates sustained injuries that required hospital care, and an undisclosed number of other inmates received minor injuries and were treated within the facility, a spokesperson for CCA said Saturday.
CCA spokesman Steve Owen wrote Monday that he could not provide information about the details of the investigation or disclose information about staffing levels at WCCF at the time of the fights.
Wilkinson County’s facility houses mostly Mississippi Department of Corrections prisoners.