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Inmate is charged in beating death at Oklahoma County jail

Marshall Tyrone James, 50, is accused of killing cellmate Artie Hales on March 18 at Oklahoma County jail.
by Tim Willert Modified: March 29, 2013 at 8:56 pm •  Published: March 30, 2013

Prosecutors charged a man Friday with first-degree murder in the beating death of another inmate inside the Oklahoma County jail, court papers show.

Marshall Tyrone James, 50, is accused of killing Artie Andre Hales on March 18 inside the cell they shared on the 10th floor of the jail.

Hales, 55, a transient, was found injured about 5:40 p.m. and pronounced dead when emergency personnel arrived.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Hales was found under the bunk and his feet were under the desk.

James was sitting on his bunk.

James later told a jail detention officer, “I hit inmate Hales with my hands and stomped his head,” investigators with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reported.

Hales had “severe” trauma to both eyes, trauma to the right side of his head, and his left leg appeared to be injured.

The state medical examiner, according to the affidavit, ruled the cause of death as multiple blunt-force trauma due to assault.

James appeared to have blood on his hands and his socks, OSBI investigators reported.

He told a jail nurse he was “talking to his voices and his cellmate interrupted him,” according to the affidavit.

James told the nurse he pulled the cellmate off his bunk and stuck his finger in his eye,” investigators reported.

Hales was jailed March 11 on multiple misdemeanor complaints, including littering, disorderly conduct and failure to appear.

Jail records show James had been in custody since January on a sexual battery complaint. has disabled the comments for this article.
by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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