GAINESVILLE — The cellmate of a Hall County Jail inmate found dead Sunday is being held on suspicion of murder, law enforcement officials said Monday.
The victim, 72-year-old Ronald Sailers of Murrayville, was found dead in his cell at 6 a.m. Sunday.
An arrest warrant for murder has been secured for Sailers’ cellmate, John Setchel, 24, of Dawsonville, by the Georgia Bureau Investigation.
Setchel was being held at the jail on a Superior Court probation violation for felony obstruction of an officer.
Bureau spokeswoman Sherry Lang said more information will become available after an autopsy is completed.
The bureau was asked Sunday to help investigate the death. The Hall County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an internal investigation.
“Our prayers go out to the victim’s family,” said Sheriff Gerald Couch in a prepared statement. “The death of a loved one is always difficult especially when they die at the hands of another.
“The offender in this case has been charged with murder and will face the consequences of his actions. We strive to protect all the residents of Hall County, including our inmate population, but violence can and does occur anywhere at any time.”