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Texas Prison Guard Beaten to Death Escorting Violent Inmate

July 16, 2015  | 

Correctional Officer Timothy Davison (Photo: Provided)  
Correctional Officer Timothy Davison (Photo: Provided)  

A rookie Texas Department of Criminal Justice guard was beaten to death Wednesday at a northeast Texas prison as he was transporting an inmate with an extensive history of attempted escapes and previous beatings of prison personnel from a day room to a cell, reports the Texas Tribune.

Correctional Officer Timothy Davison, 47, was escorting Billy Joel Tracy, 37, inside the Barry B. Telford Unit in New Boston, Texas, at 9 a.m. when an iron bar used to open the slots in cell doors for delivering meals to prisoners was taken and used as a weapon, said Jason Clark, TDCJ spokesman, reports the Associated Press.

Inmate Billy Joel Tracy is the suspect in the beating death of Correctional Officer Timothy Davison. (Photo: Texas Department of Criminal Justice)
Inmate Billy Joel Tracy is the suspect in the beating death of Correctional Officer Timothy Davison. (Photo: Texas Department of Criminal Justice)

Davison, who suffered serious injuries, was transported to Christus St. Michael's Hospital in Texarkana, where he later died. The divorced father of two children began working at TDCJ last December.

No charges had been filed against Tracy, who had been housed in a single cell because he is classified as an administrative segregation inmate, Texas' term for solitary confinement. He was immediately transferred to another undisclosed maximum-security prison.

"The State of Texas mourns for the family of Officer Timothy Davison," Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement. "The State of Texas will ensure that the inmate responsible for this heinous act is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

Comments (3)

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kevCopAz @ 7/16/2015 1:55 PM

I haven't worked corrections, but thought that "violent inmates" in single segregated custody were always escorted by 2 officers. In Az I understand that this is the case and the officers are wearing heavy protective gear while doing so. Is this not the case in Tx? If not should be, plus this officer was with the department 7 months and he is working alone and in an area with violent inmates with a history of violence against officers and escape??? W.T.F? Someone needs to answer for this mismanagement.

Morning Eagle @ 7/16/2015 6:46 PM

What a waste! Surely this "rookie" was not alone while moving that POS or at least he should not have been. Gov. Abbott do what you promised in the prosecution.

Jon Retired LEO @ 7/16/2015 8:04 PM

What the hell was this rookie officer doing escorting a high profile prisoner like this alone and why was this so called bar even available where he could get his hands on it. I don't care if he had been a veteran officer there should have been 2 officers on this guy knowing his past.

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