Posted on August 26, 2014 at 12:56 PM
JEFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri inmate has died after being beaten by his cellmate at the Jefferson City Correctional Center.
The Cole County sheriff's office said Tuesday that 35-year-old Mark Melton was assaulted Aug. 9 and taken to University Hospital in Columbia. The sheriff's office said Melton died Sunday as a result of his injuries, and the case has now been classified as a homicide.
The sheriff's office did not immediately identify the cellmate but described him as 33-year-old man who had been serving sentences for second-degree murder and armed criminal action.
Melton was serving a sentence for attempted first-degree sodomy.
An autopsy was performed Monday, but the sheriff's office says results will not be ready for several weeks.