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.

4 Comments on "Pima County Inmate Kills Cellmate"

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

    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 |

    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.

  4. Shame on the guards who allowed this to happen. I hope pima county jail is bankrupted by legal action, and specifically the guards who were aware of the total disparity between the violent murderer and a young petty thief, be held personally responsible and stand trial for their failure to help. Then…..put them in a cell with a violent murderer and see how long they survive.

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