4 ex-COs charged with beating inmates

Each of the four faced preliminary charges of battery resulting in serious bodily injury


INDYSTAR.com

CARLISLE, Ind. — Four guards fired from a southwestern Indiana prison face felony battery counts for allegedly beating two inmates in an incident in which a fifth guard died of a heart attack, authorities said Thursday.

In a statement, the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility said Sullivan County prosecutors issued arrest warrants Thursday afternoon charging Thomas Kaiser, 27, of Greene County; Bradley Keller, 30, and Marty Getchell, 47, both of Sullivan County; and Derek Werden, 32, of Daviess County.

The Sullivan County Jail said Keller was released after posting 10 percent of his $15,000 bond. It was not holding any of the other three men Thursday night. A phone call to Werden's home rang unanswered, and published numbers for the other three could not be located.

Each of the four faced preliminary charges of battery resulting in serious bodily injury, the prison said. All have been fired by the prison

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