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Police and fire

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Jail beating about respect, murder convict says

Boykins

– FORT WAYNE -- A week ago, Deadrian Boykins cursed at the mother of the man he killed before he was sentenced to 65 years in prison for murder.

Before he could be shipped to the Indiana Department of Correction to begin serving his sentence, the 19-year-old allegedly pummeled a confinement officer at the Allen County Jail with a dinner tray after noon on Christmas Day.

Boykins was preliminarily charged Thursday with felony battery to a law enforcement officer. The 5-foot-4, 145-pound Boykins admitted to investigators he struck the officer, Quinton Greer, because he felt he had been disrespected, according to court records.

Greer, a three-year officer, remains in serious but stable condition at an area hospital, recovering from a broken nose, broken cheek bones and cuts to his face, according to court documents and police officials.

According to court documents filed Thursday, Boykins' trouble with Greer began over the television in the H-block wing of the Allen County Jail.

Boykins told officers he asked Greer to leave the television on for a few minutes longer to "show some holiday spirit." Boykins said Greer told him a "man is dead because of you," according to court documents.

About an hour later, Greer was collecting food trays from the inmates in the H-block. Surveillance video shows Boykins walking up alongside Greer's right side and smashing him in the head with a tray.

As Greer collapsed, Boykins punched Greer repeatedly in the face with his fists at least 15 times, kicked him twice and then threw another food tray at him, striking him in the head, according to court documents.

In November, an Allen County Superior Court jury convicted Boykins of the April murder of 17-year-old Elijah O. Freeman.

According to testimony, Boykins and Freeman, as well as another person, were on a porch in the 900 block of Hugh Street. Boykins pulled a gun and shot Freeman. As Freeman tried to escape, Boykins chased him through the yard and around to the back of the house, firing at him the entire time. Freeman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Before Boykins was sentenced, Freeman's mother was telling the court how Boykins had taken her son from her. As she spoke, Boykins began cursing at her, getting in "(expletive) you, lady" before he was silenced by the judge. As bailiffs put handcuffs on Boykins, Freeman's mother flipped her middle finger at him and stuck out her tongue.

Although Boykins was sentenced Dec. 20 to 65 years in prison, he had not yet been sent to the Indiana Department of Correction, according to Allen County Police Department spokesman Cpl. Jeremy Tinkle. The delay in transferring Boykins was likely due to the holidays, Tinkle said.

In addition to the 65-year murder sentence, Boykins is also serving a six-year prison sentence for the December 2012 robbery of Chosen Christian Beauty and Barber College, 6422 Georgetown North Blvd.

In the robbery case, Boykins was accused of facilitating the attempted robbery of the school, where he attended. His brother Deshawn Boykins, 20, and Eligha Billingsley, 30, were also arrested. No money was taken in the robbery attempt.

rgreen@jg.net

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