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March 12, 2013

Trial starts for inmate accused of beating other inmate

ANDERSON, Ind. — A trial began Tuesday for one of three inmates suspected of attacking another inmate and stealing his belongings.

David L. Lewicki, 35, of Tipton, allegedly helped Martez Brown and Victor Hood batter Terrance M. Tyler on March 8, 2012, in the Madison County Detention Center. The four were inmates in Block C of the Detention Center at the time, according to the probable cause affidavit of the incident.

Video surveillance of the attack was shown to the jury in Madison Circuit Court 4 Tuesday afternoon. The video appears to show two attacks on Tyler late at night just before facility lockdown. Based on the time stamp on the recording, the first attack happened at 9:52 p.m., when Hood, Brown and Lewicki appeared to enter Tyler’s cell and began beating Tyler while another inmate blocked the view of an officer from a nearby control room. They left Tyler’s cell less than a minute later.

The video showed a second attack occur less than an hour later at 10:40 p.m., when Hood appeared to punch an unsuspecting Tyler in the face and onto the floor. From there, Brown appeared to drag Tyler into a cell where the two continued to beat him. Meanwhile, Lewicki walked into Tyler’s cell with a brown paper bag.

Prosecutors allege Lewicki stole personal belongings from Tyler’s cell during the incident.

After the attacks, Tyler refused to return to his cell for lockdown and officers found him with a black eye and bleeding from the face, according to the affidavit.

Prosecutor Bob Summerfield played the video to the court and had Detention Center Cpl. Jessie Miller narrate what was happening to the jury. Detention Center Officer Anthony Smith also testified after the screening.

“It’s the worst attack of this kind I’ve seen since working at the jail,” Smith said. “Mostly because it was a sneak attack both times.”

Lewicki, who has an extensive criminal background including a conviction for sexual misconduct with a minor and felony convictions in three counties, faces charges of robbery, criminal confinement and battery and an additional charge for being a habitual offender, according to public record documents.

Brown is currently serving a lifetime without parole sentence on a murder conviction. Hood was convicted of battery of an officer in April 2012 and given a three-year sentence. Brown and Hood were in the jail awaiting their trials at the time of the attack.

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