Man charged in death of South Central Regional Jail inmate


    An inmate has been charged with first degree murder in the death of another inmate at South Central Regional Jail. (WV Regional Jail Authority)

    UPDATE: 9/3/18 9:00pm

    An inmate has been charged with first degree murder in the death of another inmate at South Central Regional Jail.

    Jeffrey Craig was found dead in his cell Monday morning.

    West Virginia State Police said Nathan William Smith admitted to getting into a fight with Craig. Smith told troopers he got into an altercation with Craig because he thought he had "weird eyes" and felt like Craig was going to rape him, a criminal complaint from Kanawha County Magistrate Court said.

    Smith admitted to hitting Craig in the face and body multiple times, the complaint said. Smith also told troopers as soon as he hit Craig, he knew something was not normal. Smith told troopers he sat up all night because he knew something was wrong with Craig after he struck him, the complaint said.

    Troopers said Smith and Craig had gotten into a fight on Friday, Aug. 31.

    Smith was arraigned in Kanawha County Magistrate Court Monday night on a first degree murder charge.

    Smith was in jail on unrelated gun and drug charges.


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    Officials say an inmate was found unresponsive at South Central Regional Jail Monday morning.

    Jeffrey Curtis Craig, 51, was found unresponsive in his cell, an email from a spokesman with the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety said.

    Jeffrey Curtis Craig, 51, was found unresponsive in his cell, an email from a spokesman with the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety said. (South Central Regional Jail)

    Officers reported the medical emergency and Craig was pronounced dead within about 30 minutes after officers found him unresponsive, the spokesman said.

    Craig was booked March 23, 2018 on first-degree sexual assault and sexual abuse by a parent or custodian, the spokesman said.

    An initial investigation shows Craig suffered possible head injuries.

    An internal review is underway and West Virginia State Police are investigating.

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