Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Attorney Wants Teen out of Jail after 'Incident' with Staff ; Vanderburgh Sheriff Says Suspect Suffered 'An Abrasion'

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Attorney Wants Teen out of Jail after 'Incident' with Staff ; Vanderburgh Sheriff Says Suspect Suffered 'An Abrasion'

Article excerpt

A 17-year-old Vanderburgh County Jail inmate was hurt during an altercation with jailers last week, and his attorney said he has been unsuccessful in attempts to have the teen placed in alternate custody arrangements while his case is pending. Dugniqio Forest was arrested along with Antonio Adams, 17, and an unidentified 15-year- old on June 6 after a man called 911 and reported he had been robbed at gunpoint while walking near the intersection of Linwood and Adams avenues, according to a police report.

The victim identified the 15-year-old as having pointed the gun at him, according to an Evansville Police Department report, and officers later found all the items reported stolen in the 15-year- old's sweatshirt.

Although the 15-year-old was charged as a juvenile, Forest and Adams were held at the jail after being charged as adults. Forest is charged with armed robbery, and being in a criminal gang, which could add additional years to his sentence if he is convicted.

Sheriff Eric Williams said jail staff used force during an incident involving Forest at 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 13. Juvenile inmates held at the jail are kept in cells isolated from adult inmates. He initially said Forest did not appear injured but later said: "On re-review... there is indication that he suffered an abrasion."

Forest's grandmother and legal guardian, Harriet Layne, said she noticed it during her grandson's Aug. 14 court appearance. She said she was not allowed to speak to him until several days later.

"We were in court that morning.

My granddaughter asked me if he looked sleepy. When I looked I noticed that his face seemed swollen," Layne said. "When I saw his face, that broke my heart."

Douglas Walton, Forest's court-appointed public defender, said he told Superior Court Judge Wayne Trockman about it at that time.

"I noticed physical injury to his face. (Forest) advised me that he was beaten up by corrections officers," Walton said.

According to court records, Walton asked that Forest's $5,000 cash bond be reduced or that he be released to electronic home detention. It was denied, as was a similar request Walton made to the court in July. …

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