A Richmond County jail inmate died Wednesday, 15 days after he was beaten by another inmate in a holding cell, the sheriff’s office said Thursday.
Charges against Jeremy Gene Taylor, 30, of Swainsboro, Ga., have been upgraded from aggravated assault to murder in the death of Earl Alphonzo Bolar, 48, of Waynesboro, Ga.
Both men were arrested Aug. 3. Bolar was charged with disorderly conduct after he was found naked in an abandoned building at 11th Street and Laney-Walker Boulevard, according to a news release.
Taylor was taken to the jail after assaulting a man at a halfway house for substance abusers in the 400 block of Walker Street, the release states.
The men were in a holding cell when Taylor launched an “unprovoked” attack with his hands and feet on Bolar, who was asleep on the floor, investigators say.
Sheriff Ronnie Strength said there were four other people in the holding cell when it occurred and that they stood back during the attack. Afterward, they banged on the door to alert deputies, Strength said.
Strength said there was nothing that deputies could have done to prevent the attack because it occurred within a matter of seconds.
“The guy never hollered; there was never a struggle,” the sheriff said. “It was several punches and a kick to the head.”
Bolar was immediately taken to the emergency room at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he was treated for severe head injuries, investigators say.
He died about 9 a.m. Wednesday; autopsy results are still pending.