Prisoner charged with murder in January death of cellmate

Posted at 11:46 AM, Apr 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-05 11:46:00-04

FREELAND, Mich. (AP) — A prisoner who authorities say killed his 23-year-old cellmate at the Saginaw Correctional Facility has been charged with murder.

The Saginaw News reports 24-year-old Timothy R. Dickerson faces an open murder charge in the Jan. 13 death of Jason Turnbull.

Dickerson was charged Monday and a video arraignment is planned. The Associated Press left a message with the court to find out whether he has a lawyer on record yet.

Prison staff responded at the prison near Freeland to an assault taking place in a cell. Turnbull was found unresponsive and pronounced dead later that night. Turnbull was serving a minimum of 10 years for criminal sexual conduct convictions in Livingston County.

Dickerson, who was serving time for unarmed robbery, was transferred to another prison after the death.