An inmate at the Salt Lake County jail died Saturday after what the Sheriff’s Office described as an “altercation” with another prisoner.
Daniel Lamont Davis, 38, died at a hospital from his injuries, according to a news release from the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office, which oversees the jail. The release didn’t specify whether his death is considered a homicide.
At about 6:30 a.m. Saturday, the news release said, Davis and another inmate got into a fistfight in a housing unit. A deputy intervened, the release said, and then deputies and jail medical staff members treated Davis.
The other inmate was not identified.
Court records show Davis was charged July 18 with a felony count of violating a previous agreement that released him from custody.
Davis had been charged with a misdemeanor count of domestic violence but was allowed to remain free if he stayed away from his alleged victim. Later, West Valley City police found Davis at the woman’s residence.
For the felony count, Davis was being held at the jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
Court records also suggest word of Davis' death Saturday didn’t reach the judge handling his case. Davis was supposed to be in state court in Salt Lake City on Monday. When he didn’t appear, 3rd District Judge Randall Skanchy ordered a warrant to be issued for his arrest, according to a court docket.
The jail is in South Salt Lake, and that city’s police force is investigating the case. It declined to release video “due to the ongoing investigation.”