The family of the man who was strangled to death in the DeKalb County jail last Saturday is outraged. But they’re not blaming the alleged killer.
Channel 2 Action News reports Cassandra Tyson, mother of 23-year-old Jah’Corey D. Tyson, said she’s holding the jail responsible for her son’s death, claiming guards were negligent of his cries for help while he was being attacked, allegedly by fellow inmate Donte Lamar Wyatt.
Wyatt — who was incarcerated for allegedly stabbing his wife and killing a stranger — strangled Jah’Corey Tyson to death in their cell early Saturday morning, authorities said. Family members told Channel 2 that Wyatt also gauged Jah’Corey Tyson’s eyes out with a sharpened toothbrush, although the jail is still investigating the incident.
Cassandra Tyson said her son was calling out for help during the attack and, even though other inmates tried to help him, the guards did not respond, the report said.
“This could have been prevented,” she told Channel 2. “That officer that ignored my son’s cries — I need that dealt with ASAP.”
Jail records indicated another murder charge was added to Wyatt’s docket Saturday. He previously was charged with one count of murder, burglary and theft by taking in DeKalb County, as well as aggravated assault and theft by taking in Henry County.
Jah’Corey D. Tyson was arrested in May on family violence and rape charges.
He will be buried Saturday, Channel 2 said.
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