A former inmate at the Boyle County Detention Center is suing the facility and Jailer Barry Harmon, alleging he was beat up by another inmate who was smoking in the bathroom of what is supposed to be a smoke-free facility.
Christopher Byrd of Harrodsburg filed the lawsuit last week in Boyle Circuit Court. It seeks an unspecified amount of compensatory and punitive damages from Harmon, the jail, unnamed deputy jailers and Boyle Fiscal Court.
According to the lawsuit, Byrd was incarcerated at the facility from April 14 through July 7 of last year. He is currently awaiting trial on charges of first-degree assault and driving under the influence of intoxicants.
On June 2, 2011, Byrd “sustained significant bodily injury” when he was attacked by another inmate in the restroom facilities at the jail, the complaint alleges.