Inmate killed in Jefferson County prison

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on February 17, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 17 at 8:00 PM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Authorities are investigating a homicide involving inmates at the Jefferson City Correctional Center.

The Cole County sheriff’s office said Monday that inmate Daniel Skipper was killed Sunday in his prison cell. The 65-year-old man had been serving a sentence for statutory rape and sodomy.

The sheriff’s office identified the suspect in Skipper’s slaying as his cellmate -- 23-year-old Ryan Vaught, who was serving a sentence for armed criminal action and assault. He has been placed in a segregated unit.

The sheriff’s office said inmates in a neighboring cell reported hearing a violent disturbance. The sheriff’s office says Skipper was found with multiple wounds to his face and scalp and had a piece of fabric wrapped around his neck.

An autopsy is planned for Tuesday.

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