Jefferson County Jail inmate dies after fight with cellmate


(WIAT) — On Wednesday at 8:15 p.m., two inmates were fighting in a cell within the Jefferson County Jail. Deputies were alerted of the altercation, responded and found one inmate on top of the other assaulting him.

The deputies broke up the fight, removing the attacking inmate from the cell while the pinned down inmate remained motionless on the floor. Deputies and medical staff began efforts to revive the motionless inmate. Deputies decided to transfer the unresponsive inmate to the hospital where he later died.

The deceased has been identified as 23-year-old Ledarius Jaquad Peterson.  His death is being investigated by ALEA. 

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