A 22-year-old Lacey man pleaded not guilty to assault charges Tuesday morning in Thurston County Superior Court after allegedly fracturing a fellow inmate’s skull in the Thurston County Jail.
Darelle S. Washington was sentenced to six months in jail in August on drug possession charges. He allegedly assaulted his cellmate Sept. 19 while the cellmate was praying, according to court papers. The men had been cellmates since Sept. 5.
Washington allegedly punched the man on the side of his face. The man was taken to Capital Medical Center, where doctors found fractures on his skull and face, according to court documents.