AMITE, La. — Twelve inmates at the Tangipahoa Parish Prison have been indicted for manslaughter after they allegedly beat a fellow inmate to death.

District Attorney Scott M. Perrilloux tells WAFB-TV (http://bit.ly/2rbUHj1 ) that a grand jury returned the indictments May 8 and he expects arraignments to be held within a few weeks.

The victim, 40-year-old Tommy Joe Smith, was arrested for a probation violation Jan. 30. Detectives say once Smith was processed, he allegedly was met with hostility by the other inmates in the dorm room he was placed in.

Investigators say Smith tried to notify a guard when he was hit from behind by an inmate and then swarmed by other inmates when he tried to defend himself. Guards were quickly notified of the attack, but Smith died from his injuries.


Information from: WAFB-TV, http://wafb.com