Six face charges in killing of Grady County jail inmate

CHICKASHA — A security camera at the Grady County jail recorded the bloody fatal attack on an inmate there last month, leading to murder charges Thursday against six men who were in the same jail pod.
BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer nclay@opubco.com Modified: June 8, 2012 at 11:37 am •  Published: June 8, 2012
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CHICKASHA — A security camera at the Grady County jail recorded the bloody fatal attack on an inmate there last month, leading to murder charges Thursday against six men who were in the same jail pod.

“It was a pretty good fight,” said Grady County Assistant District Attorney James Walters, who has watched the jail video.

One attacker can be seen on the video giving another attacker a “fist bump” at the end of the 14-minute nighttime assault, an investigator reported.

The victim was Anthony John Mollman, an admitted drug offender who supplied methamphetamine to the Rogues Motorcycle gang. Mollman, 46, was a federal inmate being held at the Grady County jail while awaiting sentencing. He died May 17.

His widow’s attorney, Irven Box, claimed Thursday that Mollman was killed because other inmates discovered he had agreed to cooperate with a federal investigation.

“Hell, yeah, they didn’t kill him because they just didn’t like him. They killed him because he was an informant,” Box said.

Federal prosecutors in April had agreed to give Mollman immunity to testify before a federal grand jury, Box said. The attorney complained Mollman should have been put into protective custody after being promised immunity.

Box said Mollman’s family hired him to possibly file a lawsuit over the death. Box predicted investigators will “get to the bottom” of who ordered the assault.

Charged with firstdegree murder were Grant Curry, 30; Cody Sitlington, 31; Matthew Eugene Jackson, 26; Joseph Patrick Hill, 50; Steven Nidey, 28, and Jerry Gonzales, 33.

Prosecutors may ask for the death penalty against some of the men.

All six men are convicted felons. All six apparently were in the Grady County jail with Mollman because of their own federal cases.

‘A planned attack’

For years, many defendants being prosecuted in federal court in Oklahoma City have been held in the Grady County jail. The federal government stopped using the Oklahoma County jail in 2008.

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