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Area man indicted on murder charge for Tri-County Jail death

Zachary ButlerAn area man has been indicted for allegedly killing a fellow inmate at the Tri-County Jail in April.

On Friday, a Champaign County Grand Jury indicted Zachary Butler, 24, of Richwood, for the fatal beating of David Piersol, 39, of Marysville.

Butler was indicted on charges of murder, involuntary manslaughter, felonious assault, reckless homicide, and tampering with evidence.

On April 5th, Piersol was beaten and fell from his bunk. He suffered serious head injuries and was flown to Miami Valley Hospital. He died at the hospital on April 11th.

The Champaign County Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident. The jail is located in Mechanicsburg.

Initially, Butler was lodged in the area jail on charges of OVI, failure to reinstate his license, and resisting arrest out of Marysville Municipal Court.

He pleaded no contest and was ordered to pay fines and attend alcohol counseling.

Champaign County Prosecutor Kevin Talebi said a warrant has been issued for Butler's arrest.

If Butler is convicted on the murder charge, he could face life in prison.

In November, Butler was indicted by a Logan County Grand Jury for felonious assault stemming from an incident last September.

He is also wanted for failing to appear at a court hearing in Logan County last month on unrelated assault charges.

Deputies have not released many details regarding Piersol's fatal beating. Corrections officers said that Piersol was in a fight around 2 a.m., then went to bed. Authorities believe he may have suffered a seizure, then fell out of bed and hit his head on a piece of furniture.

Eight inmates witnessed the incident.

The Tri-County Jail has inmates from Champaign, Union, and Madison counties.

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