Detectives Investigating Inmate Injury At Starke County Jail

Starke County Sheriff's Department

An internal investigation is being conducted into allegations of how an inmate was injured in the Starke County Jail.

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen confirmed that an inmate was injured while incarcerated in the jail. Luther Lovins had been arrested by North Judson police on July 12 for a charge of Disorderly Conduct. He was released on July 26.

While the investigation is ongoing, Sheriff Cowen said that it appeared that Lovins was “falling down a lot,” and officers are trying to determine what caused this action. Cowen said the preliminary investigation showed that the inmate was not beaten.

Detectives are reviewing evidence and videos, and the findings in the investigation will be turned in to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office for review.