Inmate killed in assault at Arapahoe County Jail

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Eric Stewart, 43, is being held on an additional charge of first-degree murder after his alleged assault on another inmate resulted in his death. (Photo: Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office)

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. — An inmate-on-inmate assault at the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility on Friday has resulted in a death, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office said.

The assault began in a cell in one of the detention facility’s housing units at 2:50 p.m. Friday and quickly spilled out onto the upper walkway. Eric Stewart, 43, allegedly began the assault on Michael Roy Craven Jr., 43.

The assault lasted approximately 45 seconds and was over before deputies were able to intervene, the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies and medical staff provided emergency medical assistance and Craven was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:07 a.m. Saturday.

No weapons were involved in the assault, the sheriff’s office said. The men had been housed in the same housing unit since December and have had no known previous issues.

Craven had been at the detention facility since August 2014 and was being held on multiple charges, including second-degree assault with a deadly weapon, first-degree criminal trespass, stalking, extortion and criminal mischief. He also had a habitual criminal sentencing enhancement.

Stewart has been at the detention facility since December and was awaiting trial on several charges, including criminal attempt first-degree murder, menacing, third-degree assault and possession of a weapon by a previous offender.

Stewart remains in custody and is being held on the additional charge of first-degree murder.

The sheriff’s office said 38 other inmates were present in the housing unit at the time of the assault.