Second JCCC Inmate Homicide Raises Questions of Prisoner Safety

3 years 4 days 12 hours ago February 17, 2014 Feb 17, 2014 Monday, February 17 2014 Monday, February 17, 2014 2:35:00 PM CST in News
By: Nick Chabarria, KOMU 8 Reporter
Embed Code Copied

JEFFERSON CITY - For the second time in almost seven months, the Cole County Sheriff's Office is investigating a homicide involving two inmates at the Jefferson City Correctional Center Sunday.

Officers found Daniel P. Skipper, 65, dead in his cell with wounds to his face and scalp with a piece of fabric wrapped around his neck according to the Cole County Sheriff's Office. Corrections officers detained and took Skipper's cellmate, Ryan A. Vaught, 23, into custody.

Sunday night's incident marks the second open homicide investigation at the Jefferson City Correctional Center for the Cole County Sheriff's Office since July.

The sheriff's office already has one open homicide investigation from an incident involving cellmates at JCCC. The state is seeking the death penalty for 24-year-old inmate Terry J. Volar after he allegedly killed his cellmate 67-year-old Jose Benitez on July 17.  

"Homicides aren't common at all, so yeah I would say it's uncommon to have any homicides whatsoever," Captain John Wheeler of the Cole County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

In July, KOMU 8 received a statement from the Missouri Department of Corrections Communications Director David Owen stating, "There are a multitude of security measures in place at JCCC, as there are at all of the department's correctional centers. To name just a few at JCCC, there are security cameras throughout the institution, corrections officers and other staff to supervise offenders, controlled movement of offenders, and security fences. The safety and security of the public and DOC staff and offenders is the highest priority of the department. Serious acts of violence are extremely rare and the department works hard to ensure it stays that way. Any incident of violence is taken seriously and reviewed to make sure all the appropriate actions are taken."

KOMU 8 reached out to Mr. Owen and Mandi Steele of the Missouri Department of Corrections several times Monday to find out what work had been done since the July homicide to ensure prisoner safety was upheld. Owen would only say it was an on going investigation and the DOC was working with the Cole County Sheriff's Department.

Skipper was serving a sentence for statutory rape/sodomy. Vaught was serving time for armed criminal action and assault.

Related Stories

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has planned to visit Missouri Wednesday to tour an equipment and engine... More >>
1 hour ago February 21, 2017 Feb 21, 2017 Tuesday, February 21 2017 Tuesday, February 21, 2017 7:16:00 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The wife and stepson of the leader of a Ku Klux Klan group who was found... More >>
2 hours ago February 21, 2017 Feb 21, 2017 Tuesday, February 21 2017 Tuesday, February 21, 2017 6:17:41 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — Democrats are asking Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to allow an expansion of family leave options for employees... More >>
2 hours ago February 21, 2017 Feb 21, 2017 Tuesday, February 21 2017 Tuesday, February 21, 2017 5:39:34 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council rolled out an overhaul of city development and housing rules Monday. The city... More >>
3 hours ago February 21, 2017 Feb 21, 2017 Tuesday, February 21 2017 Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:58:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri lawmakers are considering proposals to update state driver's licensing procedures to comply with federal law.... More >>
3 hours ago February 21, 2017 Feb 21, 2017 Tuesday, February 21 2017 Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:41:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Gender accessibility has become a controversial topic on a national level, and a bill presented at a... More >>
5 hours ago February 21, 2017 Feb 21, 2017 Tuesday, February 21 2017 Tuesday, February 21, 2017 2:50:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA- The University of Missouri System is looking for a chancellor with "a collaborative and transparent leadership style" who is... More >>
5 hours ago February 21, 2017 Feb 21, 2017 Tuesday, February 21 2017 Tuesday, February 21, 2017 2:38:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Promoting residents to interact closely with the police is the main step for city staff to build a... More >>
5 hours ago February 21, 2017 Feb 21, 2017 Tuesday, February 21 2017 Tuesday, February 21, 2017 2:31:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A Columbia man has been charged in federal court on accusations that he played a role in... More >>
6 hours ago February 21, 2017 Feb 21, 2017 Tuesday, February 21 2017 Tuesday, February 21, 2017 2:13:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a gas leak at Bouchelle Avenue and College Avenue Tuesday afternoon.... More >>
7 hours ago February 21, 2017 Feb 21, 2017 Tuesday, February 21 2017 Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:51:00 PM CST in News
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A Joplin man alleged that police used excessive force in his 2015 arrest. The Joplin... More >>
10 hours ago February 21, 2017 Feb 21, 2017 Tuesday, February 21 2017 Tuesday, February 21, 2017 9:53:00 AM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Authorities say two teenage cousins have died in a Kansas City crash. The Kansas City... More >>
11 hours ago February 21, 2017 Feb 21, 2017 Tuesday, February 21 2017 Tuesday, February 21, 2017 8:43:52 AM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 14-year-old boy is recovering from non-life-threatening injuries after being hit by a train in suburban... More >>
12 hours ago February 21, 2017 Feb 21, 2017 Tuesday, February 21 2017 Tuesday, February 21, 2017 7:33:09 AM CST in News
UNIVERSITY CITY (AP) — Authorities in Missouri are investigating after dozens of headstones were damaged at a Jewish cemetery near... More >>
15 hours ago February 21, 2017 Feb 21, 2017 Tuesday, February 21 2017 Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:39:00 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - As the warm weather approaches, the number of unwanted litters increases, putting a burden on local shelters. ... More >>
17 hours ago February 21, 2017 Feb 21, 2017 Tuesday, February 21 2017 Tuesday, February 21, 2017 2:30:00 AM CST in Top Stories
HENNEPIN COUNTY, Minnesota - A Missouri construction worker, David Earl Hyde, 38, of Fulton died while on the job in... More >>
22 hours ago February 20, 2017 Feb 20, 2017 Monday, February 20 2017 Monday, February 20, 2017 9:54:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Regional Airport is about to get the renovation its been hoping for. The small airport currently flies... More >>
1 day ago February 20, 2017 Feb 20, 2017 Monday, February 20 2017 Monday, February 20, 2017 7:37:00 PM CST in News
ST. CHARLES (AP) — Agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are joining the investigation into... More >>
1 day ago February 20, 2017 Feb 20, 2017 Monday, February 20 2017 Monday, February 20, 2017 7:06:00 PM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 60°
9pm 56°
10pm 55°
11pm 53°
12am 52°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

8:00p
This Is Us
9:00p
Chicago Fire
10:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 10
8:00p
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Wall
8:00p
This Is Us
9:00p
Chicago Fire
7:00p
The Flash
8:00p
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld