An alleged dispute over a cup in the Thurston County jail sent one man to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, and left another facing a felony assault charge.
Brian N. Turner, 40, allegedly punched a fellow inmate Monday after the victim moved his cup from a table to a shelf. Turner appeared before Thurston County Superior Court Judge Erik Price on Wednesday, and Price found probable cause for a charge of second-degree assault with substantial bodily harm.
Price set bail at $10,000 in the assault case. Turner already faces charges of theft of a motor vehicle, reckless driving, second-degree malicious mischief and fourth-degree assault. Bail in that case was set at $1,500.
Deputy Prosecutor Logan Bryant said Wednesday that the assault caused significant harm to the victim.
“Mr. Turner punched him in the face so hard that he broke his jaw in three places,” Bryant said.
But public defender Eric Pilon asked the court to take into account that both men were inmates at the jail, and that the main account of what happened came from the victim.
“There may be a lot more to this incident than we know at this point,” Pilon said.
Court documents give the following account:
The victim reported that when he walked into the jail dormitory Monday afternoon, he saw a cup sitting on a table where he normally sits and draws.
He said that when he went to dinner, Turner yelled to everyone that he was going to “beat” whoever took his cup. The victim reported that he walked over and shook Turner’s hand, asking him not to be angry.
When the victim let go of Turner’s hand, Turner said he was going to kill him after dinner.
The victim said that as he looked around for a corrections deputy, Turner punched him in the side of the face. He started swinging at Turner, and a corrections deputy broke up the fight.