Inmate violence in Elmore County
An Alabama inmate has died following an assault believed to have been committed by another prisoner confirmed Wednesday by the state corrections department.
38-year-old Derrek Martin died early Tuesday according to the Alabama Department of Corrections.
In a statement, Martin and another inmate, Antonio Thomas, were arguing before the assault took place at the Elmore Correctional Facility.
Staffers found Martin conscious on a floor before he was transported to the Staton Health Care Unit. He died a short time later.
Martin had been serving a 20-year sentence for possession of a controlled substance out of Lawrence County.
50-year-old Thomas is serving a life sentence for Robbery I out of Montgomery County.
Authorities said charges are pending against him in connection with Martin's death.