The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the
beating death of an elderly jail inmate who had been arrested on rape
charges.  Sheriff’s Lieutenant Brandon Jones
says 71-year old Kenneth Jay Rhodes was fatally assaulted by an inmate around
lunchtime, Tuesday. 

Jones admits that
this attack could have been prompted by the rape allegations Rhodes faced but
he says Rhodes had refused to be segregated from the general jail
population. Jones says investigators are
working hard to prosecute the inmate responsible but they are also reviewing
jail policies and procedures to ensure they are adequate and were followed.