Bibb County Inmate Alleges Jail Beating

9:24 AM, Mar 2, 2013   |    comments
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For almost four years, Ronald Shane Turner has been behind bars awaiting trial for murder and assault.

But on January 6th, Turner says he became victim himself while in his cell.  According to a complaint he filed, he was assaulted by three other inmates and says jail officials may have been to blame.

He says shortly after 10 p.m., while inmates are supposed to be locked in their cells, an officer opened Turner's entire block and allowed inmates of a different block inside. That's when the three men from a different block came into his cell and beat him up.

He says after threatening to take his stuff, one man hit him with a brush, knocking him to the ground. Then, the others began hitting and kicking him, requiring medical attention.

Friend Jeanne Sublett says medical staff did not treat him until 4 a.m. the next morning when they gave him his routine insulin. That's when they noticed abrasions to his head and inner ear.

In a complaint, Turner said the officer had allowed the men onto his block to speak with their friend, but that instead beating Turner up made him look bad, saying, "Y'all pulling this s---- gonna get me fired."

On February 18th, he filed a formal grievance signed by a Lieutenant as a witness saying "nothing being done about my assault."

13WMAZ spoke with the Bibb County Sheriff's office who said they are aware of incident and are investigating how it happened.

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