Coroner releases cause of death for inmate killed in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison

Published: Feb. 19, 2016 at 6:51 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 19, 2016 at 6:55 PM CST
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Tyrin Colbert (Source: Facebook)
Tyrin Colbert (Source: Facebook)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office has released the official cause of death for an inmate killed in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison this week.

According to the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner, 17-year-old Tyrin Colbert died as a result of blunt force injuries to the head and neck.

Colbert was found in his prison cell unresponsive with a blanket wrapped around his neck at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday during cell checks. He was transported to a local hospital where he was listed in critical condition but later died after being taken off of life support Thursday morning.

According to detectives investigating the incident, they were told by other inmates that Colbert and his cell mate, 17-year-old Kermitious Thomas, got into an altercation over a blanket. Thomas then pulled Colbert off of the top bunk and strangled Colbert until he was unconscious.

Thomas, who was originally booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on December 29 for unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, has now been charged with second degree murder.

Colbert was booked by BRPD on November 4 on a warrant for sexual battery, two counts of indecent behavior with juveniles and simple battery.

EBRSO Spokesperson Casey Rayborn Hicks says that the reason that the two inmates had to be legally held in a two-man cell compared two adult inmates is because both Colbert and Thomas were 17-years-old.

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