A man charged in the shooting deaths of a Cumberland man and his 7-year-old niece was badly beaten by six fellow inmates at the Marion County Jail, authorities said.
Michael Bell, 22, was jumped by six men who tried to corner him in his cell shortly after he arrived at the jail Dec. 18, authorities said.
Bell told guards he was able to get out of his cell and grab on to the balcony railings so the men could not drag him back into his cell.
"Bell was struck several times in his face and head causing pain and discomfort along with swelling and broken skin near the right eye and broken skin on his lower lip and gums," said jail spokesman Julio Fernandez.
Inmates Tony Miller, Andre Canady, Kobe Blake, Terry Bates, Carlos Bryant and Cameron Moore each face an additional charge of misdemeanor battery in connection with the attack.
Terry Bates, Kobe Blake, Carlos Bryant, Andre Canady, Tony Miller and Cameron Moore
Bell and Jeremy Priel, 25, each face two counts of murder and one count each of robbery and carrying a handgun without a license in connection with the Dec. 12 shooting deaths of Jeremy Crane, 21, and Kyleigh Crane, 7, in a home in the 600 block of Woodlark Drive.
Police said Priel stole an Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 from the home and then sold them for $40 and an ounce of marijuana.
Family members said Bell and Jeremy Crane were best friends and former classmates at Warren Central High School.
If convicted on all counts, the men could face a maximum of 156 years in prison.
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