Inmate in knife attack at local jail appears in court
MIAMI (WSVN) -- An inmate, who was the target of a knife attack at a jail, appeared before a judge regarding a crime he is accused of committing.
Kenneth Williams was wheeled into court on Monday afternoon. He is unable to walk or stand. "He's still in a lot of pain," said defense attorney J.C. Dugue.
Williams sat in a wheelchair because he is still recovering from his jail house jump. The Miami Herald obtained the dramatic surveillance video from June 14.
The video shows all the computerized, automatic doors of single-occupant cells at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center security wing open at once. Two inmates surround Williams. One inmate appears to be holding a sharp object as they corner Williams before Williams makes a run for it.
Williams is then seen hoisting up his pants and opting to jump from the second story balcony. Video shows Williams wailing in pain on the first floor, clinging to the ankle of another prisoner.
Dugue said his client will never be the same because of the incident. "He'll never be perfectly healthy. My understanding is that he'll forever have permanent injuries."
Despite his injuries, Williams and his brother Keith had to appear in court. Both were charged with organizing a gang activity and tampering with a witness. Even though the brothers were never accused of pulling the trigger, the charges are related to a 2008 shooting where an innocent 10-month-old baby was among the victims.
At the hearing, the charges were dropped. Keith was free to go home, but his brother Kenneth was sent back to jail. He is scheduled for another hearing in August because he is facing unrelated accusations of dealing with stolen property and sneaking contraband in the jail.
It is still unknown why the doors at the correction center suddenly opened. The Department of Corrections said they are investigating.
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