February 11, 2011 | 11:45am
Palm Beach County Jail Deputy Derrick Antonio Daniels was arrested Wednesday on charges of arranging an organized fight between... no, not dogs or cocks -- but two of his own high-risk inmates.
Daniels was placed on paid leave and booked into the county's main jail, where he has worked for the past 18 years, according to the Palm Beach Post
. He faces a slew of charges that include tampering with physical evidence, culpable negligence, aggravated battery, and three counts of official misconduct.
A probable-cause affidavit claims Daniels released inmate Taurus Turnquest from his cell, giving the
Riviera Beach resident the opportunity to make good on his threats to kill West Palm Beach resident Lajuane Dunnaway.
Daniels never reported the December 12 fight, and he neglected to enter the event into his log book that night, the affidavit states.
Luckily, the two inmates -- ordered to remain separated in a special confinement section of the jail -- didn't end up killing each other. But the fight did give Turnquest, who's already facing a first-degree murder charge, enough time to stab and cut Dunnaway with a couple of homemade weapons, including a pencil and a self-fashioned razor blade, according to the affidavit.
After his court appearance, Daniel's attorney, Patrick McKamey, said he intends to aggressively defend his client. We're just wondering: Has he arranged a sneak attack in the courtroom? If he has, our money's on the judge.
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