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Preliminary report shows inmate suffered ‘jail beating’

By Amelia Holliday

July 19, 2013

HAZARD — The state medical examiner’s office has issued a preliminary report in the death of a jail inmate which indicates injuries sustained by the inmate were the result of a “jail beating.”


Larry J. Trent, 54, was found unresponsive in a holding cell at the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard at approximately 10:50 a.m. on July 9 after allegedly being involved in an altercation with guards earlier that morning, according to the Kentucky State Police. He was transported from the jail to the Hazard ARH where he was later pronounced dead.


The medical examiner’s preliminary report notes that Trent had suffered “blunt impacts of head, trunk, and extremities with multiple skeletal and visceral injuries” and described how the injuries occurred as the result of a “jail beating.”


WKYT-TV in Lexington reported on Thursday that the report shows Trent’s cause of death has been determined as “blunt impact to his head and body,” however, Perry County Coroner Jimmy Maggard said the cause of death will not be official until an autopsy report is completed by the state medical examiner’s office. He said this could take up to a month, and much information cannot be released due to an ongoing investigation.


According to records in the Perry County Circuit Clerk’s Office, Trent was being held after he was charged with a DUI on July 5.