Florida inmate stomps cellmate to death, charged with murder, police say

florida inmate stomps cellmate to death charged with murder
Source: Polk County Sheriff's Office, Unsplash

May 28 2021, Published 11:34 a.m. ET

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An inmate at a Florida jail was stomped to death in his cell and now police have charged his cellmate with his murder.

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On May 13, a Polk County detention deputy saw that Shaun Seaman, 40, was severely injured inside his cell during a routine check on inmates, according to authorities.

Seaman was taken to Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center and died on May 21, police said.

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According to authorities, John Smith, 36, severely stomped Seaman in their shared cell at the South County Jail in Frostproof, Florida.

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An autopsy was done on the body and on May 24 they reported Seaman sustained blunt force trauma to his head, including a skull fracture and multiple contusions on his brain, Patch reported.

"The investigation showed that Smith, unprovoked, stomped Mr. Seaman causing his death. We are looking forward to the criminal justice system holding Smith responsible for the murder of Shaun Seaman. Our prayers are with Mr. Seaman's family," Sheriff Grady Judd said and Patch reported.

Smith has been charged with first-degree murder, according to police.

Officials have not said why Smith allegedly attacked his cellmate.


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