Man charged with attempted murder of Denver jail deputy

Cether Watkins allegedly attacked a sheriff's deputy at the Denver County Jail.

DENVER — Prosecutors have charged a man with attempting to murder a sheriff’s deputy inside the Denver jail.

Denver District Attorney Beth McCann on Thursday charged 25-year-old Cether Watkins with one count of first-degree attempted murder and three counts of second-degree assault.

It’s not clear if Watkins has an attorney to comment on the charges.

According to jail and court records, Watkins was charged on Oct. 17 with several counts of robbery and burglary in connection with a robbery inside a Denver Starbucks location. He was held at the jail after being arrested on Oct. 14.

They say Watkins attacked the deputy on Monday, using a plastic bin to hit the deputy on the head and then choking him.

That’s when the deputy was “able to use pepper spray and the assistance of four other inmates that came to the deputies’ rescue to get Cether off the deputy and stop Cether from choking the deputy to death,” according to an arrest affidavit obtained by FOX31 and Channel 2.

The incident was captured on video on the fourth floor of the Denver County Jail.

The deputy was taken to Denver Health Medical Center and was later released.

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