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.