Arkansas prison inmate dies after assault; police call case homicide – Arkansas News

Arkansas prison inmate dies after assault; police call case homicide – Arkansas News

A prisoner serving a 10-year term for manslaughter died Thursday, nearly two weeks after he was involved in an assault at the Tucker Unit, according to prisons spokesman Solomon Graves.

Graves said it “would be a stretch” to connect the July 28 assault that injured John Demoret, 25, to either of a pair of incidents that occurred in recent weeks at the Maximum Security Unit, a separate facility also in Tucker.

The most recent disturbance at the Maximum Security Unit occurred Monday, when six inmates overpowered corrections officers and took control of a small area of the prison for about three hours.

The Department of Correction on Thursday released the names of the three officers who were held by the inmates. They were Sgt. Levester Johnson and Lt. Willie Carmickle, both veterans with years of experience, and correctional officer George Thomas, who began working for the department in January.

Demoret died at a Malvern-area hospital around 6:15 a.m. Thursday of undisclosed injuries, according to a statement from the Department of Correction.

The inmate had been taken to the hospital earlier in the morning from Ouachita River Correctional Unit, where he had been at the prison hospital since shortly after the assault nearly two weeks ago.

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An Arkansas State Police spokesman said Thursday that an earlier investigation of an assault at the prison was now considered a homicide case. No arrests have been made.

The cause of Demoret’s death is still being investigated by the state medical examiner’s office.

Graves said the last…

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