Jailer Roger Webb said the riot, which he said was initiated by accused murder and current inmate Dwayne Earl Bishop, 51, started at approximately 3 a.m. Wednesday. Webb said the standout was brought under control some five hours later, at about 8 a.m.
“The inmates were cleaning out the day room or something and, according to deputy statements, Dwayne Bishop came out of his cell, waving his hands and making threats to the deputies and stirred the other inmates all up into a riot,” Webb said.
Bishop and the other 12 inmates now charged allegedly held off guards in the day room of the jail with mop handles and ice coolers, Webb said.
“They shattered the windows in the day room after he (Bishop) instigated everybody to get violent,” he said, “but the deputies went back in there and had them put in lockdown by around 8 a.m.”
The 12 others involved included one other inmate currently facing a charge of murder, Timothy Marsillett, 42, and another who is jailed for allegedly shooting a man in the groin, 25-year-old Michael Nolan Slone, of Wayland.
The other inmates jail officials say were involved in the riot included Jesse Keathley, 24, of Prestonsburg; Jonathan Endicott, of Prestonsburg; Jarred Harvey, 30, of Prestonsburg; Jeremy Bryant, 22, of Wheelwright; James William Miller, 24, of Prestonsburg; Jimmy Dewayne Branham, 32, of Prestonsburg; Phillip Morgan Joseph, 34, of Prestonsburg; Jonathan C. Crider, 34, of Auxier; and Benjamin Davis, for which no personal information was available for at press time.
Webb said the riot could have been worse, if what one inmate said were true.
“In the other cells, the other areas, there was an inmate who told me Bishop tried to get the other cells in the areas involved, but they didn’t participate,” said Webb, adding that the inmate did not wish to be named. “As of right now we have everything under control, but who knows from one minute to the next what’s going to happen inside a jail.”
The trend of inmates becoming more violent in the past year is something Webb said could possibly attributed to the increase in drug abuse throughout the county and region.
“I’ve found in this past year, with all this drug abuse, my inmates are either detoxing or we’re having to take them to the hospital overdosed,” he said. “When they’re coming off these chemicals, they are a lot more violent than previous years.”
Bishop was brought back to Floyd County last year after the state granted him a new trial in the 2000 murder case of his estranged wife, Carolyn Bishop.
Though it was initially thought he would be transported out of Floyd County until his new trial date was set, Webb said, to his knowledge, he would be held in Prestonsburg until that time. As of yet, no new trial has been set.