A Muscogee County Jail inmate was found beaten to death early Saturday morning in his cell, as indicated by the assistant coroner.
Eddie Nelson Jr., 39, was pronounced dead at 2:30 a.m., according to Assistant Coroner Charles Newton.
“It was an apparent beating by another inmate,” Newton stated. “He had blunt force trauma around the head and neck.”
Jayvon Hatchett, 19, is suspected in the tragic death, Sheriff Donna Tompkins stated when contacted by phone. She also said the incident was still under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and no additional details would be uncovered at the moment.
Nelson was being captured and held on a probation violation, according to jail records.
Hatchett was in jail without bond after being arrested Aug. 25 after a racially motivated AutoZone stabbing on 32nd Street.
Columbus Police Sgt. R.S. Mills told a Recorder’s Court judge that when he asked Hatchett why he stabbed the AutoZone employee, Hatchett explained he “felt the need to find a white male to kill” after watching recordings of police brutality happening everywhere across the country.
Hatchett, 19, was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime in the AutoZone stabbing.