We may now know why accused murderer Trucko Stampley appeared unresponsive and hunched over in his first court appearance Thursday. Sheriff Greg Phares says this week, a group of deputies did take Stampley to the hospital because Stampley refused to eat.
Stampley is accused of killing Marie and Denise Pediscleaux, and Charles and Ann Lyn Colvin in late April. Now, there are allegations that Stampley is being abused in prison.
Sheriff Phares says the warden learned of those allegations yesterday, and immediately began an investigation. Sheriff Phares says that independent medical examiners were instructed to look for signs of abuse have looked at Stampley twice over the past 24 hours and recommended no treatment.
Phares goes on to say that neither he, nor his warden have found any evidence of a physical encounter between Stampley and deputies. However, Trucko's father says he's received a letter detailing those beating allegations, and he is quite upset.
Arthur Stampley says his son Trucko's first court appearance Thursday on charges of murder, was more about his physical appearance than the crime he is accused of committing.
"He didn't look like my son he looked like he's been tortured, tortured, tortured. My wife screamed in court. The judge said 'don't ever do that' what do you expect? That don't look like your kid," Stampley said.
Arthur said that the letter he received may explain why his son was unrecognizable. The letter was from Arthur's fourth cousin who is currently in jail on battery and drug charges.
In the letter to Trucko's parents, Cedrick Clay writes: "These people are beating on your son and shocking him on a daily basis with a tazor gun...they beat him constantly and tell him that's for the white folks he murdered...he's being beaten and shocked so badly that I cry for him...He's cries out for his mother and for his father and they call him a murderer."
Arthur Stampley adds, "In this letter they say that six white cops coming in there and beating him, putting a stun gun on him and taking him outside beating him up they throwing his food on the floor. They say he's not eating, I guess not why he's not eating, they throwing his food on the floor."
What appears to be the signatures of ten other inmates convinces Arthur that the letter is legitimate.
"One of my fourth cousins was a witness so he ain't going to lie to me," stated Arthur. He also says he has not yet contacted the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Department about the letter or the allegations.
But Arthur does admit that in his youth, Trucko would often have violent outbursts.
"When we used to go to places, go to the store or somewhere and he can't have what he wanted, he just cry and run in the house and beat on a pipe for four or five hours screaming and hollering and the neighbors would say 'what's wrong with him', they said he needed some help."
"I believe these allegations have been completely discredited," says Sheriff Phares.
Trucko is now in a solitary cell where Phares says prison gaurds can better keep an eye on him.