Murder defendant Bass Webb indicted in connection with jail disturbance

Webb already facing two murder charges

jhewlett@herald-leader.comJuly 28, 2010 

Bass Webb

Murder defendant Bass Webb was indicted Monday on an assault charge stemming from a disturbance in June at the Fayette County Detention Center.

A Fayette County grand jury also indicted Webb on a charge of being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

According to the indictment, Webb, 30, committed third-degree assault by causing or attempting to cause physical injury to jail employee Bryan Richardson with a weapon on June 6.

Webb and four other prisoners at the jail refused to follow an officer's directions to replace the shower shoes they were wearing with regular shoes; then they balked at returning to their cells after playing basketball in a common area of the detention center, jail spokeswoman Jennifer Taylor said shortly after the incident.

No one was injured and there was only minor property damage, Taylor said.

Webb, who is charged with murder in the death of former girlfriends Bryia Runiewicz in Harrison County and Sabrina Marie Vaughn in Montgomery County, was indicted for being a persistent felony offender because of three previous felony convictions, according to the indictment. He was convicted of third-degree assault in Fayette Circuit Court in 2004; five counts of first-degree wanton endangerment in Menifee Circuit Court in 2000; and theft by unlawful taking in Menifee Circuit Court in 2000, according to the indictment.

Webb also made the news in recent months when he was charged with contempt after spitting at a judge during his arraignment on attempted murder charges in Bourbon County. He allegedly tried to run over jail employees with his vehicle in that case.

Reach Jennifer Hewlett at (859) 231-3308 or 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 3308.

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