Three northern California jail guards have been arrested last week after an inmate under their watch was found dead of multiple blunt-force injuries. Rafael Rodriguez, 27, Jereh Lubrin, 28, and Matthew Farris, 27 are currently being held without bail.
The three are accused of fatally beating Michael James Pipkin Tyree, 31, who died Aug. 26. Tyree was awaiting transfer to a mental-health facility when he died. He was serving a five-day sentence on a petty theft charge.
"Our client was slated to be released to a mental health bed but no bed was available, thus the reason he was still in jail," says Santa Clara County Public Defender Molly O´Neal.