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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  • by ls Location: ky on Sep 5, 2008 at 03:11 PM
    I think it is a shame that they took the law into their own hands; however, I don't think I would feel like that if it had been my child, but I wouldn't want someone else to do my dirty work. But everyone knows that it is easy to be railroaded into admitting something. Although, I don't think I would admit to doing something I didn't do. I would like to know how the inmates got by with this for 3 days. I can understand them doing it 1 day, but 3..something is fishy here. Doesn't look very good for the ones that are running the jail. It also looks like they are trying to look the other way for the employees. But....I wouldn't want any of these men around my family. If they did this..and I say if..they deserve to be punished too.If this man was beatened by anyone, it should have been by the childs father or mother..not jailbait. What were these inmates in for? They evidently aren't too clean cut or they wouldn't be in jail, unless, like I said, they were railroaded.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 3, 2008 at 02:18 PM
    I would like to hear whAT THE FAMILY OF THE INMATES HAVE TO SAY . EVERYONE HAS HEARD FROM MR.FISHER'S FAMILY.BUT WILL YET TO HEAR FROM THE MENS FAMILY. WHY HASN'T ANYONE TRYED TO TALK TO THEM..TO SEE HOW IT'S HURTING THEM. BECAUSE I WOULDTHINK SOME OF THOSE HAVE KIDS.\
  • by anon Location: Ky on Sep 3, 2008 at 10:17 AM
    Do they not have cameras.
  • by anonymous Location: floyd county on Sep 2, 2008 at 08:54 PM
    of course they are going to point fingers at each other. yes the guards do let things be known and that is how mr. fisher ended up hurt. the entire jail needs to be shook down. smoking is supposed to be banned in the jails, yet cigarettes are dropped off for inmate use. its all politics down there and who you know to be able to get things done. the state needs to step in and give it a good cleaning, from the ground up. rumor today was that mr. fisher was to be taken off life support. is there any truth to that? its a shame that this had to happen, it wasn't the inmates job to deal with mr. fisher, but they chose to do it. the chips are in the air, makes me wonder who they are going to hit when they come back down.
  • by KyLady Location: Pikeville, Ky. on Sep 2, 2008 at 07:39 PM
    OK, I understand why they would say they didn't do it...HOWEVER, I would like to said, Thanks, if you did... Nothing should be done about it anyway, it would never have happen if Terry Fisher had not abused an innocent child.
  • by Anonymous Location: Floyd County on Sep 2, 2008 at 04:39 PM
    The man admitted to molesting a child. My only question is do these ten inmates get a medal or a trophy? They probably deserve more than that.
  • by fed up Location: east ky on Sep 2, 2008 at 04:16 PM
    were are the guards during this time. bet they were eating donuts and drinking coffee.they should be held responsable as well.

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