Wednesday, June 07, 2006


Mental Patient Beat in Jail

Indianapolis Star
June 7, 2006

Disabled inmate near death after beating in jail

By Vic Ryckaert

A wheelchair-bound inmate was in critical condition this morning after another inmate beat him Tuesday in the Marion County Jail.

James Barr, 54, underwent brain surgery at Wishard Hospital. Doctors do not expect him to survive, Capt. Phil Burton said.

James Caldwell, 28, admitted to beating Barr, police said. Barr, according to records, had been antagonizing Caldwell.

"I had enough when he rolled over my foot," Caldwell told corrections officers. "I beat the (expletive) out of him."

Barr, who has one leg and uses a wheelchair, had been in jail on misdemeanor charges of battery and trespassing. Caldwell was being held on an attempted murder charge.

Caldwell could be charged with murder if Barr dies, Burton said.

Burton said corrections officers responded quickly and no other inmates tried to break up the fight.

Call Star reporter Vic Ryckaert at (317) 444-2761.

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