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BREAKING: Five indicted in Boyd County Jail inmate’s death

December 22, 2018
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Zackary Messer

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. — The Kentucky State Police Ashland Post has made four arrests in connection with an inmate death that occurred in November at the Boyd County Jail, KSP announced Friday evening.

According to the news release, KSP interviewed five Boyd County Jail deputies who are accused of intentionally abusing Michael Moore, 40, who was found deceased in the jail’s restraint chair.

Zackary Messer, of Ashland; Brad Roberts, of Westwood, Kentucky; Colton Griffith, of Flatwoods, Kentucky; and Jeremy Mattox, of Grayson, Kentucky, are all charged with first-degree manslaughter. One indictment was not served due to investigators being unable to locate the fifth deputy jailer, Alicia Beller, of Putnam County, West Virginia.

The investigation revealed Moore was highly intoxicated upon arrival at the Boyd County Jail, which led to his confinement in the restraint chair, the release states. An autopsy performed at the Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort could not rule out criminal activity as a contributing factor in Moore’s death. During the investigation, KSP learned the five accused allegedly either intentionally abused or knowingly permitted the abuse of Moore, leading to his death.

KSP asks that any information on Beller be reported to Post 14 at 606-928-6421.

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