BUFFALO, NY - A 19-year-old from Buffalo is charged with murder in connection with a jail fight. Tyshawn Ball is charged with second degree murder for the death of an inmate at the Erie County Holding Center.
The Erie County District Attorney's office alleges that Tyshawn Ball beat Patrick Yale in June. On the same day Yale arrived at the Holding Center on a parole violation, he was beaten. Officials say he died August 31, 2012 at the Erie County Home.
The suspect was in jail on arson and assault charges. He allegedly started a fire at his Adams Street home in Buffalo and then assaulted his mother and sister.
2 On Your Side's Claudine Ewing spoke with Ball's family. They say his behavior changed as a result of his use of synthetic marijuana. "He was diagnosed with having psychosis, so I don't believe he realized what he ws doing," said his grandfather Nathaniel Ball.
The head of the jail said Ball "was in the process of classification," to determine where he should be placed. "New York State gives us five days to do a full assessment of everyone," said Acting Jail Superintendent Thomas Diina.
No video surveillance cameras were in the area of the old jail where the fight happened. However, Diina says supervision was followed to a "T." He said the deputy on duty did not witness the fight, but heard the commotion and responded to see Yale on the ground "in bad shape.""Inmate on inmate fights occur fairly regularly, in jail. However, an incident such as this, where the outcome is so severe is extremely rare," said the acting-Superintendent.
Ball faces a maximum prison sentence of 25 years if convicted of second degree murder.
Ball was at the holding center in connection with another crime. He was accused of starting a fire in his home in June and assaulting both his mother and sister.
He faces charges of arson and assault in connection to that incident.