Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 29, 2014

Officials probe inmate death

BECKLEY — The death of a Southern Regional Jail inmate who died Tuesday after a weekend altercation with a Mercer County inmate is being investigated by the West Virginia State Police.

Carlos Denartie McMillion Jr., 51, of Shady Spring, died in a Charleston hospital.

Lawrence Messina, spokesman for the Department of Military Affairs, said he was aware that McMillion had an altercation with Geremy West, 21, of Mercer County.

West was indicted in February on charges of burglary and grand larceny. According to a spokesperson for the Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, he pleaded guilty to burglary and was serving his sentence for that crime.

Messina said the State Police will report the findings of their investigation to Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney Kristen Keller. Keller said Wednesday that the investigation is in its preliminary stages and the State Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy Thursday.

“The results from the medical examiner will be critical,” she said.

McMillion was arrested May 11 on charges of attempting to commit a felony (robbery), according to Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office.

 He was arrested after sheriff’s deputies responded to a call about a man hiding in the weeds with a shotgun outside the Mignon II, located on Ritter Drive in Daniels.

Deputies saw Carlos McMillion Jr. crouched in the weeds beside the building, wearing dark clothing with a black hood over his face and armed with a brush ax.

McMillion was arrested without incident and transported to Southern Regional Jail with the charges pending.

McMillion’s father, Carlos Sr., said he was called Monday and told he “needed to go to Charleston.”

“He was in pretty bad shape,” McMillion Sr., said of his son.

Carlos McMillion Sr. said he was told his son died of a brain injury and “had bruises all over his shoulders.” He said he did not visit his son in the hospital.

“I’d rather remember him the way he was the last time we talked,” McMillion Sr., said.

That was May 11, the night his son was arrested for attempted armed robbery, he said.

Keller said that charge was posthumously dropped Wednesday morning.

According to his father, McMillion Jr., was divorced and had two children.

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