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Three indicted in Madison County jail sexual assault

Three indicted in Madison County jail sexual assault

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- Three Huntsville men have been indicted on sodomy charges for a sexual assault that allegedly occurred while they were in the Madison County jail.

A grand jury returned the indictments against Darius Montes Hampton, 25, Kelly Lavar Rashad Brooks, 18, and Javorr Aswon Fletcher, 22, who are accused of fabricating a metal weapon to threaten a 22-year-old cellmate while they assaulted him in May 2004.

The grand jury also recommended the jail use a classification system to separate violent and nonviolent inmates. A spokeswoman for the Madison County district attorney's office said the victim was being held on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, while the three alleged attackers were being held on charges involving violence.

Brooks, who was being held on a murder charge, later pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Hampton, who was being held on a sexual assault charge, later had it dismissed. Fletcher was being held for assault and breaking and entering, charges that were later dismissed.

Sheriff Blake Dorning said it is not possible to automatically categorize inmates with the crowded conditions he has at the jail. Madison County's two jails have beds for 530 prisoners, but were housing 879 inmates Tuesday.


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