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Witness, suspect share Hennepin County jail cell — bad move

Man is allegedly beaten by accused killer after county jailers' mistake

By David Hanners
Updated: 05/14/2010 12:05:40 AM CDT

A witness in a murder case was beaten up after Hennepin County jailers mistakenly placed him in the same holding cell as the man he'd implicated.

Murder suspect Jonathan Nicholas "Thirsty" Turner was charged Thursday with tampering with a witness, a first-degree felony. That charge is atop first-degree murder charges he faces in two 2003 shootings.

Rondah Kinchlow, spokeswoman for the Hennepin County attorney's office, said prosecutors "always" notify the jail when two prisoners shouldn't be put together. But sheriff's office spokeswoman Lisa Kiava said that didn't happen.

"Jail staff had no information that these two inmates should have been kept separate," she said. "We do have policy and practice in place that when we r


Added: May-20-2010 Occurred On: May-14-2010
By: gregory_peckory
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