Jail fight sends inmate to ICU

by Wes Mayer

A fight broke out between three inmates in the Coweta County Jail on Wednesday, sending one inmate to Grady Hospital.

According to Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff's Office, a fight followed an argument between inmates Zantrez Tawhane Potts, 20, Donquerius Lamonte Mahone, 27, and Michael Lee Jefferson, 47.

Potts, who was arrested in July for aggravated battery and aggravated assault with a firearm, and Mahone, who was charged Tuesday with armed robbery, began arguing with Jefferson, who was charged with burglary on Monday.

The inmates were on cleanup duty in their cell and had access to a broom, Yarbrough said.

When the argument got out of hand, Potts and Mahone began hitting Jefferson, and at one point, Mahone struck Jefferson in the head with the broomstick, Yarbrough said.

The blow fractured Jefferson's skull, and he was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital where he is currently in the intensive care unit.

Potts now faces additional charges of aggravated battery with hands, feet and fists, and Mahone has been charged with aggravated assault with other weapon.

'The charges could escalate if something happens to Jefferson,' Yarbrough said.




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