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UPDATE: Man dies after jail beating

Wade Harry (Source: Grady Co. Jail) Wade Harry (Source: Grady Co. Jail)
Ricky Reynolds (Source: Grady Co. Jail) Ricky Reynolds (Source: Grady Co. Jail)

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

GRADY COUNTY, GA (WALB) - On Wednesday the GBI charged 41-year-old Ricky Reynolds with malice murder, felony murder, and aggravated assault for an attack that killed 48-year-old Wade Harry.

A Grady county inmate's four day battle to stay alive ended Tuesday afternoon. 48-year-old Wade Harry was taken off life support and died. The GBI continues to gather evidence in the brutal jailhouse beating that killed him.

Family members said their sadness is quickly turing to anger toward the man who killed Harry, and toward the jailers. Wade Harry's widow says her husband was in jail for a misdemeanor, and it cost him his life.

At 2:58pm, Wade Harry, Jr. died in his hospital bed. "I'm 25 years old and I have to bury my father here in a couple of days," said Wade Harry, III.

Friday night investigators say Grady County jail inmate Ricky Reynolds ambushed Harry in the jail. Guards and other inmates say Reynolds knocked Harry to the concrete, then repeatedly kicked him in the head.

Harry suffered severe brain damage and a broken neck and jaw. "I got a lot of anger for the guy that did this. And a lot of hurt toward the jail because this should not have happened," the younge Harry said.

Harry went through surgery, but it didn't save him. Tuesday, his family decided it was time to end his suffering and take him off of life support. "We had hope for him. but last night he had a couple aneurisms in his brain, and a couple of heart attacks."

The GBI interviewed all 22 inmates in Harry's pod today. Now the case is in District Attorney's hands for review. Charges against Reynolds are still pending. "Hopefully we can get justice out of this, and try to move on somehow."

Investigators say the jailers responded as quickly as they could, but Wade Harry's wife said that's not good enough. Her family plans to fight for changes at the jail. 

There are no cameras in the jail where the attack happened.

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