Six Inmates Appear Before A Judge

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Six of the ten Floyd County inmates accused of beating another inmate nearly to death went before a judge this afternoon.

The six say they did not participate in the alleged beating that left Terry Fisher unconscious and paralyzed, but police disagree.

Police say the inmates are pointing fingers at each other.

Detectives took the stand Tuesday and say none of the inmates in court admitted to hitting Terry Fisher, but say each one accuses the others of beating Fisher.

The detective who interviewed the inmates thinks they all did it together.

The six in court are all charged with first degree assault.

Police say the group labeled Fisher a child molester and picked on him for three days before beating him unconscious.

However, attorneys for two of the men, say their clients did not participate in the attack.

“He does not have a criminal history that depicts any violence in his nature. Mr. Jervis will maintain his innocence and will defend this case as long as he has to,” Kent Varney said.

“Newsome has no history of violence. He was a social worker who unfortunately had a drug and alcohol problem, but has more of a history of helping people,” Gerald DeRossett said.

The judge sent the six cases to the grand jury and set their bond at $50,000 cash.

Four other inmates are also charged. They're expected to be in court later this month.

Terry Fisher remains in very serous condition at Cabell-Huntington Hospital.

Those appearing in court on Tuesday were:
• Chris Newsome
• Kevin Woods
• Matthew Ritchie
• Michael Rowland
• Ivan Gunnels
• Stephen Jervis

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