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Cellmate accused of slamming inmates head into concrete floor
John Setchel
John Setchel

A man incarcerated in the Hall County jail allegedly slammed his cellmate’s head against the concrete floor, killing him, according to warrants.

John Darrell Setchel, 24, of Dawsonville has been charged with murdering his cellmate Ronald Sailers, 72, on Sunday morning. Sailers was discovered dead in his cell around 6 a.m.

Sailers had been in jail since Sept. 16 on a Superior Court arrest order from an aggravated assault charge, according to booking reports.

On Nov. 16, 2013, Sailers allegedly swung his knife and threatened to cut a 57-year-old Murrayville man. Sailers was set to appear before Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin next Monday for “a hearing on violations of Hall County Superior Court Bond Order,” according to court documents.

Setchel was being held for probation violation stemming from a felony charge of obstructing an officer, according to a Hall County Sheriff’s Office statement.

In December 2010, Setchel was allegedly “resisting lawful

detention” in the Northeast Georgia Medical Center emergency room, using profanity and hitting a police officer, according to warrants.

“The death of a loved one is always difficult especially when they die at the hands of another,” Sheriff Gerald Couch said in a statement. “The offender in this case has been charged with murder and will face the consequences of his actions.”

Deputy Nicole Bailes, sheriff’s office spokeswoman, said investigations by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the sheriff’s office internal unit are still ongoing.

An autopsy was performed on Sailers on Tuesday morning by the GBI. Blunt force trauma, said GBI Director of Public Affairs Sherry Lang, was determined to be the cause of death.

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