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Floyd Co. inmate facing felony charge after biting another inmate's ear off

By: Hillary Thornton Email
By: Hillary Thornton Email
It is not a crime you hear about often. Floyd County jail officials say an inmate bit another inmate

Brian Caudill

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - It is not a crime you hear about often. Floyd County jail officials say an inmate bit another inmate's ear off.

You could call, Brian Caudill, a habitual criminal with a record dating back at least to 1992. Now, for his most recent actions while in jail, he faces a felony assault charge and the incident was all caught on camera.

Just after 10 p.m. on July 22nd, deputies in the detention center control room saw a fight break out in cell 78.

Jailer Cheyenne McKinney says, "The inmate was standing at the door and his ear lobe had been bitten off."

Jail officials say during the fight Caudill bit off part of Jason Boyd's ear.

Assistant Floyd County Attorney, Tyler Green says, "Video shows two inmates arguing, Mr. Caudill then goes at the victim...bit his ear once, then a second time bit his ear and was what we would say successful in removing the lower lobe of his ear."

Boyd was taken to Highlands Regional Medical Center where doctor's surgically reattached his ear, while Caudill now faces a felony charge.

Green says, "The assault second degree statute provides that if a serious physical injury is inflicted then we can pursue the higher felony charge and that is what we've done here."

Boyd is in jail on a bench warrant. Caudill is already facing several charges including menacing and wanton endangerment and now finds himself in solitary confinement.

"It could be a poker game inside the cell, could be something that happened on the street before they got here...you just never know," says Jailer McKinney.

McKinney says while altercations do occur for a number of reasons within the jail, this particular incident is a first.

"The fighting part not so much, that happens practically on a daily basis but the biting part...yea that's a new one," says McKinney.

"I've never had a case where someone has bitten an ear off, either in the jail or out in the public," says Green.

Both Boyd and Caudill declined our request for an interview.

Attorneys say Caudill has a long criminal history in several counties, including previous assault and wanton endangerment convictions.

He is set for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday at 1:30.


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