Monroe still critical at UofL

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Charges expected in attack at jail

By Lisa King

An Anderson County man is still critical condition at the University of Louisville Hospital, where he has been for more than a week, after being involved in a fight with another inmate at the Shelby County Detention Center on March 18.

Authorities say that the man who assaulted Jonathan Monroe, 24, of Anderson County, is expected to charged in the incident.

“We do expect charges to be forthcoming,” said Shelby County Commonwealth Attorney Laura Donnell.

Despite pending charges, Donnell said she could not yet release the name of the inmate involved in the altercation.

“This is still an open investigation,” she said.

Shelby County detective Jason Rice had said the incident stemmed from a verbal altercation that escalated into a physical confrontation after the two inmates had been arguing over song lyrics.

Monroe had been incarcerated for only a short time at the jail on drug charges.

The other inmate, Rice said, has been incarcerated on several felony charges since last spring.

Monroe had been scheduled to be released from jail a couple of days after the incident occurred, so due to the severity of his injuries the decision was made to release him when he was hospitalized.

It is not believed that the two inmates knew each other before being incarcerated.

Donnell said she could not speculate on when charges would be brought.

Shelby County Jailer Bobby Waits said that there have been no further discipline problems or altercations at the detention center.

“We are just working on getting things back to normal,” he said. “There have been no major problems.”