Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 24, 2014

Two inmates injured in holding cell

PRINCETON — Two men facing serious charges in Mercer County Circuit Court were injured during separate incidents in a holding cell Monday when they were transported to court for a preliminary hearing and docket day.

Detective Cpl. Steven A. Sommers of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department said both men were hurt in separate incidents. In both cases, Cassidy Byrd, 23, of Bluefield and James “Jim” Irvin, 57, of Bluefield were assaulted by two other inmates. The assailants were different in each case, Sommers said. Charges are pending.

Byrd was scheduled for a preliminary hearing before Mercer County Magistrate Mike Flanigan, said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Janet Williamson. Byrd is charged with the death of a child by a parent, custodian or guardian by abuse.

In an earlier report, Detective K.L. Adams of the Bluefield Police Department, said the state medical examiner ruled that the child died as a result of being struck to the head. Police were contacted on April 5 when the infant was dead on arrival at Bluefield Regional Medical Center. The infant also had a busted lip and bruising to his body. The investigation is continuing.

Williamson said Byrd later waived his time limit for a preliminary hearing. A new hearing date will be scheduled.

 Irvin, who was at the Mercer County Courthouse for docket day to set a trial date, has been indicted on multiple counts of sexual assault first-degree, sexual abuse first-degree and sexual abuse by a parent or guardian.

A self-proclaimed “warlock,” Irvin allegedly used a promise of magical spells to lure children into committing sexual acts with him, according to earlier reports.

Both men were taken to Princeton Community Hospital treatment after the incident. Their conditions were not available Monday evening.

Officers from different law enforcement agencies who were at the Mercer County Courthouse Annex said other inmates stated both men had “fallen down” repeatedly.

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