Person charged in tattoo incident
HUNTINGTON -- West Virginia State Police have charged another suspect in the alleged forced tattooing of an inmate at the Western Regional Jail, and prosecutors have dismissed charged against another man.
Clayton Napier, 24, was arraigned Tuesday on a count of felony malicious wounding.
It comes nearly two months after State Police charged four others with tattooing a phrase and the image of a penis into the victim's lower back.
Prosecutors have since dismissed allegations against one of those men, Bradrick Allen Napier, instead opting to charge Clayton Napier, according to court documents.
State Police Sgt. G.N. Losh said the change was made based upon further investigation, which indicated investigators might have charged the wrong man. Charges are still pending against co-defendants Stacy C. Hatten, Frank Raymond Floyd and Matthew Glenn Haynes.
West Virginia State Police received word of the incident Sept. 11. It is unclear as to precisely when the incident occurred.
The 26-year-old victim identified his alleged attackers in a photograph lineup. He told an investigator they held him down and threatened to beat him if he moved, according to criminal complaints filed in the case.
All of the suspects, as well as the victim, are classified as state Division of Corrections offenders. That means each awaits placement in the state's overcrowded prison system.
Napier was detained in northern West Virginia on his unrelated prison sentence as of Wednesday afternoon.