Inmate indicted for beating death of fellow inmate

Inmate injured at Tri-County Regional Jail
Inmate injured at Tri-County Regional Jail

URBANA, Ohio (AP) – A grand jury has filed murder and other charges in the death of a child rape suspect who died several days after being hospitalized following a jail assault.

A report by the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office says inmate David Piersol was the victim of an assault on April 5 at Tri-County Regional Jail in Mechanicsburg and died a few days later.

Zachary Butler, who was in the jail at the time on charges of resisting arrest and drunken driving, was indicted Friday in Champaign County on charges of murder, involuntary manslaughter, felonious assault, reckless homicide and tampering with evidence.

Prosecutor Kevin Talebi says a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Butler, who is no longer in jail and whose whereabouts are unknown. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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