- 40-year-old Tommy Smith was booked into the jail about 11 p.m. on January 30 and placed in a dorm with 21 other prisoners
- Investigators said Smith tried to take a bunk on the second floor, but was told by other inmates that he wasn't welcome there
- Smith was walking to a deputy to request another dorm when he was struck from behind by another inmate
Tommy Joe Smith, 40, of Louisiana died after being beaten up by 12 fellow inmates
Twelve inmates in Louisiana are facing murder charges after a man who was jailed on a probation violation was beaten to death in what other inmates described as a 'shark feeding frenzy.'
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office said in a news release the inmates were charged Tuesday in connection with the January 30 killing of 40-year-old Tommy Smith inside the parish jail in Amite City, northwest of New Orleans.
The Independence man had been placed in a two-story dorm with 21 other inmates that day.
Investigators say he was told by inmates on both floors he wasn't welcome.
Tangipahoa Parish jail inmates attacked Tommy Joe Smith, 40. An investigation later found that there was very little deputies working at the jail could have done
Authorities say Smith tried to notify a deputy but as he turned around to defend himself, he was brutally attacked my multiple offenders and had his shoes stolen.
Eleven inmates are charged with second-degree murder and obstruction of justice.
A juvenile inmate is charged with being principal to second-degree murder.
The sheriff's office said the attack was extremely brutal and very quick.
When the deputy observed the attack, jail staff responded within minutes and found one of Smith's attackers trying to give CPR on Smith's lifeless body.
'News of this unprovoked and heinous attack is extremely troubling,' Sheriff Daniel Edwards said.
An investigation showed Smith was trying to find a place to sleep in the dorm area and he was told by inmates on the second floor that he wasn't welcome. They ended up killing him
'We strive to provide safety to all those in Tangipahoa Parish, including those incarcerated within the Tangipahoa Parish Jail. Through an investigative account of this incident, it has been discovered all protocols relating to a response to such an event were preformed expeditiously.
'Unfortunately, due to the number of individuals involved in the altercation, along with the incident occurring within a secured environment, our victim was limited with an escape.
'This type of environment provides many limitations when taking into account the safety of staff, emergency medical responders, as well as the inmates themselves.'
The following inmates are charged with Smith's death: Herman Bagent, 20, Brent Collins, 30, Lionel Brister, 22, Randall Holmes, 27, James Milton, 23, Eric Newman, 18, William Patterson, 22, Tyquan Davis, 22, Antwon Seymore, 19, Ronald Faulkner, 38, Travis Robertson, 28, and one juvenile.
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