Man charged in 2 killings involved in Fayette jail dispute over shower shoes

four accused killers refused to return to cells

shopkins@herald-leader.comJune 8, 2010 

Five Fayette County Detention Center inmates, including a man charged with murder in two killings, caused a disturbance and refused to return to their cells Sunday night, an official said.

Inmates Bass Webb, 30, Timothy Meskimen, 38, Yullin Sandifer, 33, Curtis Franklin Smith, 20, and Edward Stokley, 35, were playing basketball in a common area of a housing unit about 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Four of the five men have been charged with or have pleaded guilty to murder.

They were wearing shower shoes and refused to follow an officer's directions to put on regular shoes, Sgt. Jennifer Taylor, a jail spokeswoman said. Then the inmates balked at returning to their cells.

The inmates were separated and placed into another housing unit with more restrictions, Taylor said.

No one was injured in the disturbance Sunday night, Taylor said. She said there was only minor property damage.

Webb, who faces two counts of murdering ex-girlfriends, has had other behavioral problems since he's been in custody since last July.

He was charged with contempt after spitting at a judge during his arraignment on attempted-murder charges in Bourbon County for allegedly trying to run over jail employees with his vehicle. And he has also been charged with third-degree assault, stemming from a January altercation at the Fayette jail.

Webb is being held at the Fayette County jail as he awaits trial on charges in several Central Kentucky counties. He is charged with murder in Harrison County in the death of girlfriend Bryia Runiewicz, 32. Webb allegedly told police that he cut off Runiewicz's head. He also was charged with murdering another ex-girlfriend, Sabrina Marie Vaughn, in Montgomery County.

Meskimen was charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence, third-degree criminal trespassing, alcohol intoxication and non- payment of fines. Meskimen, who was homeless, was arrested in April after police found the body of Edgar Hurst, 50, beneath trees and brush along North Broadway, near Interstate 75.

Sandifer faces first-degree robbery, receiving stolen property and persistent felony offender charges.

Stokley was charged with murder, possession of a handgun by a felon and three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. A Fayette grand jury indicted him last year in the death of his girlfriend, Lavena Gibson, 25, who was shot multiple times.

Smith pleaded guilty last week to murder and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm in the 2008 shooting death of Charles I. Holder of Lexington.

Holder, 31, was found with multiple gunshot wounds in a breezeway of the Coolavin Apartments on West Sixth Street. He died at University of Kentucky Hospital. Smith is to be sentenced July 9.

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