HOLBROOK, Ariz. (AP) - A grand jury has indicted a man locked up in the Navajo County jail in the death of a fellow inmate earlier this year.
Jacob Vandewalle is charged with first-degree murder and assisting a criminal street gang.
Detention officers found David Kerman unconscious in Vandewalle’s cell in March with severe head trauma and both eyes swollen shut. Vandewalle had a small cut on his forehead. Neither man had a weapon.
The 24-year-old Vandewalle told authorities he was defending himself in a fight with Kerman. He’s being represented by the public defender’s office, which declined comment Thursday.
Vandewalle had been jailed on an attempted second-degree murder charge stemming from his time at the state prison in Winslow. Kerman was in custody for drug offenses involving minors.
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