Nine charged in attack on fellow inmate
by Nikki Wiley
October 29, 2013 12:25 AM | 5900 views | 2 2 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tedrick Stallworth
Tedrick Stallworth
MARIETTA — Nine inmates at the Cobb County jail have been charged with rioting following an attack on another inmate who is set to testify against his co-defendant in two weeks.

Tedrick Roshawn Stallworth, 23, was attacked by nine inmates Oct. 18, suffering redness, swelling, abrasions and a laceration on the left eye, according to an arrest warrant. The injuries sent him to the jail’s infirmary but aren’t considered life threatening.

The inmates allegedly used bedsheets and a washcloth to restrain Stallworth. They then hid the blood-soaked linens in a trash can after the attack, according to the warrant.

Tedrick Stallworth is scheduled to testify against one of his attackers, Larry Donnell Stallworth, 20, on Nov. 11 in a case that alleges the pair and another co-defendant, George Shipman, burglarized and robbed a woman at gunpoint in September 2012, prevented her from leaving her home and kidnapped her, according to the indictment.

According to the warrant, the nine inmates wanted to prevent Tedrick Stallworth from testifying against Larry Stallworth. It’s not clear if the two are related.

Those allegedly involved face four felony charges, including rioting in a penal institution, street gang terrorism, influencing a witness and tampering with evidence, in addition to the charges that placed them in jail.

Those charged in the prison attack were Larry Stallworth, Demarco Draughan, 18, Jeremy Hutchins, 26, Defredrick Young, 32, Andrell Blunt, 21, Johnny Pineda, 19, Ryan Montgomery, 21, Bryan Scroggs, 26, and Montavious Smith, 20.

The men charged are in jail on a variety of unrelated charges, including possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, felony aggravated assault and felony hijacking of a vehicle.

Draughan has claimed affiliation with the Gangster Disciples, a gang that originated in the south side of Chicago, police said. Arrest warrants said each of the men charged has claimed ties to a gang, but it’s not clear if they are all members of Gangster Disciples.

Though the inmates are charged with rioting, the attack wasn’t a large riot, said Col. Don Bartlett, director of the Cobb Adult Detention Center.

“That really implies just any kind of assault or violence that goes on is charged under that code section,” Bartlett said. “There wasn’t a riot actually in that cell block.”

It likely happened in a cell inside the jail, Bartlett said.

But it’s doubtful that all of the inmates charged entered the cell to beat the victim because of the cell’s size, Bartlett said. Inmates likely congregated outside the cell.

“An assault like this can happen very quickly in a cell,” Bartlett said.

Sheriff Neil Warren said just a few officers are assigned to prison pods that contain dozens of inmates.

“There may only be one or two deputies in one pod watching 75 to 100 inmates, and they aren’t there for missing Sunday school, if you know what I mean,” Warren said.

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seriously sheriff
October 29, 2013
Snitches get stitches. Everyone knows snitches in jail wind up in fights. When you have two deputies assigned to oversee 80 grown violent felons, what did you think would happen? Filing criminal charges against felons for an dold fashioned blanket party is silly. They're already in jail...Take away their oreo's and that'll hurt more than a few more trips to the courthouse at taxpayer's expense.

October 29, 2013
There may be one or two deputies watching 75 or 100? Hilarious, try 2 yes 2 deputies watching 200 to 400 inmates. Check the jail logs or ask any non command level deputy. The sheriff counts secretaries, clerks and civilians who do not work or have direct contact with inmates to inflate the numbers in a very unsafe environment. There are about 20 actual deputies watching over 2500 inmates. The inmates could take that jail whenever they want. That is just wrong. I am surprised more inmates and deputies are not seriously injured or killed. As for Bartlett, he never actually worked the pods or in the jail a day in his life. He has spent 99% of his career behind a desk, not wearing a badge or gun but making as much as 4 deputies. Bartlett really supported his deputies when he said its doubtful all the inmates participated. Bartlett just called the deputy who wrote the report a liar, fool or both. Way to show your support to the deputies.
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