Inmate found dead in cell

Inmate found dead in cell

There are 68 comments on the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer story from Jun 12, 2006, titled Inmate found dead in cell. In it, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that:

Lamar 'Johnny' Benton, the 18-year-old Phenix City man accused of murdering Cynthia Thomas in 2005 and captured after escaping from jail in January, was found dead in his Russell County jail cell early Monday ...

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Angelika Sherrill

Phenix City, AL

#1 Jun 21, 2006
All what Russell County Jail is doing is covering up their tracks because of something that happened in November 2005. It is outrageous that they would take it this far. A lot of people are wondering how these inmates could escape. Well, I know that they were involved in the indcident that occured in November 2005 and a lot of other people know what was going on too and chose to keep quite about it! What else need to happen before people will listen to their conscience and come forward!?
Angelika _Alabama

Troy, AL

#2 Jun 27, 2006
Angelika Sherrill wrote:
All what Russell County Jail is doing is covering up their tracks because of something that happened in November 2005. It is outrageous that they would take it this far. A lot of people are wondering how these inmates could escape. Well, I know that they were involved in the indcident that occured in November 2005 and a lot of other people know what was going on too and chose to keep quite about it! What else need to happen before people will listen to their conscience and come forward!?
Here I am replying to my own posting from June 21, 2006. It is really amazing how silence is surrounding me every time I am speaking out about this issue (and I have been doing it since November 2005) that should have been looked in months ago. Even news anchors from different stations are puzzled about the ongoings at that jail, but appearantly nobody really wants to know!!!!!!????
A Jacobs

Louisville, KY

#3 Jul 5, 2006
Angelika _Alabama wrote:
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Here I am replying to my own posting from June 21, 2006. It is really amazing how silence is surrounding me every time I am speaking out about this issue (and I have been doing it since November 2005) that should have been looked in months ago. Even news anchors from different stations are puzzled about the ongoings at that jail, but appearantly nobody really wants to know!!!!!!????
Yes, you are certainly right about the silence going on around here. DNA results are back from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences. Why has this not been reported in the newspapers or on television? Let me answer my own question: Because they do not link this young man to the crime he was charged with. Which means the state of Alabama has a hell of a mess on their hands. Yes, some people really want to know what happened on that day that jail guards took it on their on to beat inmates. Who gave them this power? If something like this is allowed to happen, it makes you question if Johnny truly committed suicide. I find it hard to believe that people are just letting this slip away. Something is not right here, and if enough people stand up and make a public outcry maybe just maybe justice will be served!
A Jacobs

Louisville, KY

#5 Jul 7, 2006
Well it looks as though I am replying to my own post also. I wonder who authorized the Russell County Jail guards the power they needed to strip naked, drag out in the hall, and beat the inmates of this facility. Yes, I know for a fact that this happened. However, at the time, I just did not know what to do about it. This was not the only time Johnny was beaten. Please, if you know something about this, do the right thing and come forward! I just can't understand how any decent human being could not. To think about the psychological and physical abuse this child indured is almost beyond comprehension.
clydecaddy

Cape Coral, FL

#6 Jul 7, 2006
After the suicide the United Nations is calling for the closing of the Russell County Jail.
A Jacobs

Louisville, KY

#7 Jul 8, 2006
I feel that when you, clydecaddy, posted your comment you were trying to be witty. However, this is not the kind of feedback that is needed. If this is the best you can do, why bother?
A Jacobs

Louisville, KY

#9 Jul 9, 2006
Well it is Sunday morning, and I wonder how many people that know about the abuse Johnny and other inmates were subjected to at the Russell County Jail are going to church today. If you are reading this and asking yourself where I am going with this, it is really very simple. Please ask God to give you the courage and strength you need to come forward and do the right thing. You will be in my prayers today.
Angelika_AL

Troy, AL

#10 Jul 9, 2006
I believe a lot of people here in Phenix City are just too scared of the retaliations. I have experienced them myself and of course my son who is in a state prison too. Unfortunately, a lot of people also know what happened that night on November 9, 2005 and complain about the corruption here in Phenix City, but as one lawyer from the Russell County Court House told me: "I will not talk to the news media because I have to work with these people every day." The same lawyer told me that I should contact Governor Riley's office and file a law suit against the Russell County Jail. Well, I have contacted a lot of authorities in these past 8 months. I even placed an open letter in the Ledger Enquirer with my e-mail address. Nothing worked, except that the information on my tag from my car was sratched off, my e-mail was messed with, and my telephone started acting up. Also, I got indirected warnings through my son's prison personnel and from my daughter's ex boyfriend's family. That's and probably more you can expect to get for speaking up. It would not have been that bad if more people (in higher places would have told the truth and reported these horrible things that happened that night. Oh, I forgot, they have to deal with these people on a regular basis and some of them might be even in with them!?!? By the way, it seems that I am the only one with the real name and state.
A Jacobs

Louisville, KY

#11 Jul 10, 2006
Angelika you have been so much braver and smarter than I have, however things are going to change one way or another before this week is out. Thank you for being the caring person that you are.
Angelika Sherrill_AL

Troy, AL

#12 Jul 12, 2006
A Jacobs wrote:
Angelika you have been so much braver and smarter than I have, however things are going to change one way or another before this week is out. Thank you for being the caring person that you are.
As I said in my other comment. If you have valid information about this abuse, please make it public as soon as possible! Maybe that will help for other people to come forward to.
Blind Justice in AL - -

Troy, AL

#13 Aug 5, 2006
A lot of things have happened latedly but none of them were positive. When you speak up you receive retaliations, especially when you speak the truth. I wonder why that is the case when we teach our children to be honest and threaten them with punishment when they are telling a lie?!
A Jacobs

Louisville, KY

#14 Aug 6, 2006
I understand that speaking up might cause retallations. However, by telling the truth, standing up for what is right, and by showing courage and strenght, you can make the things that have happened latley positive! By speaking up, regardless of retallations, we can put a stop to the injustice that is going on in Alabama.
bugeye

Louisville, KY

#15 Aug 7, 2006
i have not heard anything about this
i dont get local news
please let me know what happened
A Jacobs

Louisville, KY

#16 Aug 20, 2006
Of course you have not heard anything about this because this would make it way to esay for the lazy, incompetent, cowards that are officals of Russeel County. The basic facts are Lamar Johnny Benton was charged with captial murder, however, the forensic results do not link him to this murder. Therefore, there is still a murderer walking the streets and the officials will not admit it. Why? Because they must admit that they are incapable of solving this murder. The investigators in this case probably received their degree with an 2.0 at the very most. What can you expect from Phenix City Alabama? Nothing more than the citizens have received; an unsolved murder, a murderer still walking the streets laughing, and investigators that don't know up from down.
Wake up Alabama

Phenix City, AL

#17 Aug 31, 2006
The immigration issues get a whole lot more attention (over 4000 comments) that a loss of a human life (that may be innocent of the crime that he was accused of). What kind of world are we living in????
Blind Justice

Troy, AL

#18 Oct 16, 2006
A Jacobs wrote:
I understand that speaking up might cause retallations. However, by telling the truth, standing up for what is right, and by showing courage and strenght, you can make the things that have happened latley positive! By speaking up, regardless of retallations, we can put a stop to the injustice that is going on in Alabama.
Does that include also the emotional and physical torture of innocent bystanders and the sherriff's department did not do anything to stop it!!!!!?????
This is what happened here lately. It could only happen because not enough people spoke up or they are rightfully afraid that it will happen to their loved ones too.
Glenna

Smiths Station, AL

#19 Oct 17, 2006
Well, today is Oct.18th and I accidently found this website while doing a search. I remember when I found out that Johnny was accused of murdering Mrs. Thomas. I remember how completely shocked I was. I knew Johnny had difficulties throughout his life, but never in my wildest dreams could I imagine that he could do something so terrible. I read when he escaped, and then captured. And then, I read of when he was found dead. Even though he was accused of taking this woman's life, I cried. You see, I can't say all I know of Lil' Johnny, but I can say that when he was growing up I loved him dearly. He trusted me and believed in me, too. I knew his beautiful sisters and I was fortunate to become extremely close to his older one. He would listen to me. Wish I could have stayed around longer. I am sorry Johnny. I am still in disbelief.
A Jacobs

Louisville, KY

#20 Oct 18, 2006
Please read the article which states there is no DNA evidence that links him to this crime.
Blind justice_AL

Phenix City, AL

#21 Oct 26, 2006
A Jacobs wrote:
I understand that speaking up might cause retallations. However, by telling the truth, standing up for what is right, and by showing courage and strenght, you can make the things that have happened latley positive! By speaking up, regardless of retallations, we can put a stop to the injustice that is going on in Alabama.
Speaking up regardless retallations? My dear, does that imply too when innocent children and babies are involved? These people do not have any scruples and are heartless. Sometimes you have to know when to stop and turn it over to a higher power! You are afraid too or otherwise you would have went a different route - I am correct?!
Northerner of ND

Halstad, MN

#22 Oct 30, 2006
This is so unfortunate! As a northerner these are just the things that I worry about going to the south to vacation! I haver been to the South 2 time and Scared both times! I read about many corrupt Officials in the South! Not that we don't have them in the North but Corrupt politicains and Corrupt Law enforcment here don't get to far! I really wonder what the difference is between the North and South are! Are We more proactive? Are we less predjice? We are not in the bible belt, so I don't think Religion has anything to do with it? I am so sorry for this Young man life being either taken by him... Or by some official who will not be caught! By the circumstances I would be inclined to think that he was murdered to save face! And to the person who knew him..... did you do anything to help him while he was in Jail? Did you visit him? You might have been his one ray of hope!

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