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56-year-old peninsula inmate dies weeks after fight with fellow inmate

Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail (Andrew Harris/WYDaily)

A 56-year-old man serving time in a peninsula jail died nearly three weeks after getting into a fight with a fellow inmate, police said Tuesday.

Jeffrey Davis, an inmate at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail, died on March 23 at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, according to James City County Police spokeswoman Stephanie Williams.

The cause of Davis’ death is still unknown at this time and the investigation is active, Williams said.

Maj. Frank Huotte spokesman for the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

On March 10 at about 12:20 p.m. James City County officers responded to a call at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail for a report of an assault.

According to witness statements, police say an employee at the jail reported Davis and another inmate had been involved in a physical altercation on March 3.

During the altercation, Davis suffered a large cut on his forehead and a large bruise. He was transported to Riverside Doctors’ Hospital in Williamsburg, where he was treated and released the same day, Williams said.

On March 9, police say Davis was again transported to the hospital after the prison’s medical staff determined he should return to Doctors’ hospital because the wound wasn’t healing.

Police say Davis fell into a coma that same day and was later transported to Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News.

Davis later died while at the hospital.

Police have not arrested anyone in connection to Davis’ death.  The investigation continues.


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