4 guards at SW Indiana prison face battery charges

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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.

The Wabash Valley Correctional Facility says Sullivan County prosecutors issued arrest warrants Thursday for 27-year-old Thomas Kaiser, 30-year-old Bradley Keller, 47-year-old Marty Getchell and 32-year-old Derek Werden.

A fifth guard, 51-year-old Timothy Betts of Jasonville, collapsed while escorting one of the two inmates to a cell during the Aug. 26 incident and died a short time later at a hospital. The prison 35 miles south of Terre Haute says an excessive force investigation ensued.

A phone call to Werden's home rang unanswered, and published numbers for the other three could not be found.

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