A 21-year-old Duncan man already in jail on other charges faces up to five years in prison if convicted of breaking another inmate's jaw in July while in the Stephens County Jail.
A felony arrest warrant was issued Tuesday charging Mitchell Lee Phillips with a count of aggravated assault and battery in Stephens County District Court, according to court records. Bail was set at $10,000.
Phillips is accused of hitting Christopher White in the face hard enough to fracture his jaw during an incident July 17, according to the charge. He was already in jail custody for a misdemeanor charge of carrying a weapon and a felony count of possession of stolen property, court records indicate.
Stephens County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Franklin Keenan said he was advised of the assault the morning of July 18. A detention officer said he was called to E-Pod an inmate holding pod after an inmate confronted another inmate about not letting White get medical attention following an assault, according to the court affidavit. Keenan said White's jaw was bruised and swollen.
White gave Keenan a handwritten note that said Mitchell and another inmate wouldn't let him seek help for his injury, the affidavit states. White wrote that "Mitchell said he wanted to see what it felt like to break someone's jaw" and that he was picked because he gets medicine from the medicine cart and "that makes me weak." White was unable to speak his left bottom jaw was swollen and he had a red mark on the back of his right bottom jaw, Keenan said, and he was taken to Duncan Regional Hospital. He wrote his statement while at the emergency room.