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A La Crosse inmate was charged Friday after two La County County jailers were injured inspecting his cell

Audie Benford Murphy

Audie Benford Murphy

Audie C. Benford-Murphy, 25, who has been incarcerated since May 16, is accused of attacking two jailers Thursday while they were conducting a routine inspection of his cell about 8:30 a.m.

He was charged Friday with two counts of battery by prisoner in La Crosse County Circuit Court.

Both jailers were injured in the incident and transported to Mayo Clinic Health System, where they were treated and released. Benford-Murphy was transported to Gundersen Health System for treatment of his injuries and released.

Benford-Murphy has a record including drug possession, maintaining a drug trafficking place and battery by prisoners.

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What kind of training do these jailers get? I'll bet the greatest amount of training was spent on being politically correct. Maybe they didn't want to keep an eye on him, for fear that he might think they were racially profiling him.

let it go

I am more disturbed by the fact that an inmate could get the jump on two jailers. The jailers are lucky they were not hurt more seriously. Who was watching the inmate while the cell was being tossed?


Politicians need to stop tying law enforcement's hands. Jailers are dealing with animals and the only thing they understand is violence.


The jailers should have made an example of this piece of sheet, it would be an incentive for the rest of the clowns.

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