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Cousin of one Hudson victim charged after fight in jail with suspect
Jul 13, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer
A cousin of one of the two victims stabbed to death at a Hudson home in November is facing charges allegedly for beating up one of the murder suspects while the two were sharing a pod at the county jail.
According to police reports filed in Lander Circuit Court, Kym FastHorse, 18, of Riverton, is accused of physically assaulting Joseph Jude Jenkins, 20, of Arapahoe, on May 19.
FastHorse had been remanded to the Fremont County Detention Center on May 18 for a first-degree sexual assault warrant.
Jenkins already was in custody, where he has been since March after he and four others were arrested in connection to the deaths of Eric Clinton Likes, 42, and his girlfriend, Elva Charlotte Quiver, 20. The group also faces charges in connection with the subsequent robbery and arson at the couple's trailer house in Hudson.
Fremont County Sheriff Skip Hornecker said detention officers do not put inmates in the same pod if they have a known relationship. He said when FastHorse was booked into jail, deputies were unaware he was a family member of Quiver's.
Details about the assault are detailed in a police report narrative that consists of statements given by several deputies involved in the investigation.
According to the document, at 11:45 p.m. May 19, deputies heard commotion coming from the jail pod where Jenkins and FastHorse were with four other inmates.
Upon arrival, one of the inmates told a deputy that FastHorse had "beat the (expletive) outta this dude."
FastHorse was identified as the suspect and handcuffed.
On the stairs in the jail pod, deputies met Jenkins and noticed he had a bloody and swollen face, according to the report.
According to a deputy's statement, as a cuffed FastHorse was being walked out of the pod, he said to Jenkins: "That's what happens when you kill my (expletive) cousin."
Jenkins responded: "You're lucky I was sleeping, you (expletive)."
After FastHorse was secured in another area of the jail, Jenkins was taken to a holding cell to await medical attention. He was eventually taken to Lander Regional Hospital for his injuries.
Deputies returned to the pod where the alleged assault occurred to gather the two men's belongings. There, they reportedly found Jenkins's pillowcase and sheets with blood on them.
According to one deputy's statement, a review of a video that taped the quarrel showed FastHorse approach Jenkins's bed and begin "punching him violently in the face."
"Inmate Jenkins wakes up and began to cover his face with his arms," the statement read.
Two other inmates got out of their beds and restrained FastHorse, the report states.
According to the report, in a follow-up interview with FastHorse, the teen told a deputy he didn't care he was being charged with battery. He then started blaming the officers for the incident, stating they should not have placed him in the pod.
In their statements, deputies said they had no prior knowledge of any relationship between FastHorse and the murder victims.
FastHorse is expected in court later this month for sentencing concerning the battery charge.
Jenkins is scheduled for arraignment July 5 for charges involving the double-homicide case.
He faces four counts of first-degree murder, two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, first-degree arson, two counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery.