Trooper Jody Sims
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 13, Hazard
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Deputy Jailers Charged in Death of Perry County Inmate
Date of News Release: 08/06/2013
(Hazard, KY) -- Two Deputy Jailers have been indicted by a Perry County Grand Jury, following an investigation into the death of an inmate at the Kentucky River Regional Jail. Evidence was presented to the grand jury on Friday, August 2, resulting in indictments being returned against Damon Hickman, age 36 of Hazard, and William C. Howell, age 57, of Estill in Floyd County. The indictment warrants were returned today, August 6, 2013.
Both Hickman and Howell voluntarily surrendered to detectives today, at the Kentucky State Police Post, in Hazard. Each was charged with one count of Manslaughter 1st Degree, in connection with the July 9, 2013 death of inmate Larry Trent. Hickman and Howell were lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail. The incident remains under investigation by KSP Post 13, in Hazard.