Pima County Inmate Kills Cellmate

King Yates

Today at approximately 10:00 a.m., while conducting welfare checks of inmates, Pima County corrections officers discovered 24-year-old Branden Roth with obvious signs of trauma and called for medical assistance. Jail medical staff and Tucson Fire Department personnel came to Mr. Roth’s aid; however, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Homicide detectives arrested Mr. Roth’s cellmate, 23-year-old King Yates, for first degree murder.

3 Comments on "Pima County Inmate Kills Cellmate"

  1. Richard Hernandez | April 20, 2017 at 3:14 am | Reply

    What the hell is the Correction Administration doing ? Why yes this is a jail still every human being who has no freedom trust system to protect them.

    Homicide in or out of jail is sad list of human life. I hope jail will improve it services to insure everyone Including staff are as safe as possible.

  2. The Oracle of Tucson | April 20, 2017 at 7:20 am | Reply

    Yates, a violent waking crime wave should never have been in general population. Roth on the other hand was a young unsuspecting simple petty thief and who was totally unprepared for what took place.
    The jail staff has some explaining to do to his family for why a babe in the woods was bunked up in a locked cell with a violent lifer.
    Pima county has a responsibly to safeguard non violent offenders from the lethal actions of violent offenders.
    A death sentence for petty theft?


  3. This story is so disturbing. Why on Nov. 7, 2016, did the offense of having a gun and a domestic violence conviction not equate to lock-up..then the murder of his wife/sweetheart?
    Whomever assigns cells to prisoners needs to have his job re-evaluated. There needs to be a real shakeup in that jail. These jobs are important and need to be fully staffed at all time, no more “lock down” due to missing guards.

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